Promises presents a powerful portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children living in and around Jerusalem. As a filmmaker BZ Goldberg, who was raised in Israel, the notes do not live more than 20 minutes of each other, but each of them grow in very different worlds. Children are Mahmoud, Shlomo, Sanabel, Faraj, Moishe, and twins Yarko and Daniel.
With the exception of the latter, all are religious (the twins are the grandchildren of a Holocaust survivor). Most have strong political convictions and have seen their share of tragedy – Faraj friend was killed in front of him, but when the film makes clear, are also children.
They like to watch TV, burping contests, and compete in sports (Faraj is a broker, Daniel Yarko and volleyball). The promises are not intended to explain, but let the children speak for themselves. The results are funny, sad, and ultimately quite profound.
If you believe in your heart that, despite all obstacles, peace is possible between Israelis and Palestinians, this film will fill you with hope and wonder. That does not mean that it is pink – the children depicted in the film often present anger and intolerance, but the mere act of recognition among the children of these two warring groups is enough to inspire confidence in its future.
This film is a precious document of an experiment beautiful, courageous and weak by the filmmakers. We all have the courage to try to guide the next generation in a more peaceful, more understanding.