Film and Video

119 Bullets + Three
Directors: Yeud Levanon & Amit Goren, VHS 61 minutes, 1995
This documentary provides an analysis of the mindset of settlers that led to Baruch Goldstein’s killing Muslims in the Ibrahimi mosque (the 119 bullets in the title) and Yigal Amir’s assassination of Prime Minister Rabin (the three bullets). First Run Icarus Films,, 718-488-8900

500 Dunam on the Moon
Director: Rachel Leah Jones, RLJ Productions, VHS 47 minutes, 2002
This documentary tells the story of the Palestinian refugees of Ayn Hawd, which was captured by Israeli forces in 1948 and turned into a Jewish colony. These refugees settled only 1.5 kilometers away in the outlying hills. It echoes the story of indigenous peoples everywhere: oppression, resistance, and the struggle to negotiate the scars of the past with the needs of the present and the hopes of the future. RLJ Productions 226 Carlton Ave. #4 Brooklyn, NY 11205,, [email protected]

Arab Diaries #1: Birth
VHS 26 minutes, 2001
This film examines the social, political, and economic pressures that many Arab families face as they bring life into this world. The social aspects are examined through the eyes of a female Palestinian woman who is trying to have a son to please her husband. Other social, political, and economic factors are examined through Syrian and Iraqi perspectives. First Run Icarus Films,, 1-800-876-1710

Arab-Israeli Struggle for Peace
VHS 55 minutes, 1993
This documentary uses historic footage to show Arab-Israeli reactions from the war in 1948 to the Oslo accord of 1993, with scenes from the wars and depiction of the careers of key Arab and Israeli leaders. Landmark Media,, 1-800-342-4336

Behind the Hatred: Mortal Enemies
A Discovery Channel Production, VHS 47 minutes, 2003
Offering an even-handed assessment of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, this program profiles the lives of Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat. Newsreels over the past generation illustrate the conflict between these two men. Commentary is provided by NY Times correspondent Serge Schememann and President Clinton’s National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Bethlehem Diary
Director: Antonia Caccia, First Run/Icarus Films, VHS 57 minutes, 2001
This documentary focuses on two Palestinian families and a human rights lawyer in Bethlehem during Christmas 2000, right after the beginning of the second intifada and the renewed incursions by the Israeli army. The stories help us to understand how violence affects both their public and private lives. To order call 1-800-876-1710, order no. NME-6

Beyond the Mirage: The Face of the Occupation
VHS 48 minutes, 2003
This documentary is an attempt to go beyond black and white terms of the conflict to hear from the people who live in the region. Featured are many Israelis who attempt to put a human face on the news, including the director of B’tselem human rights center and an Israeli attorney.
Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East, 805-705-7315,
PO Box 1086 Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Beyond the Walls
Director: Uri Barabash, VHS 104 minutes, 1984
The jailers of an overcrowded prison keep Israeli and Arab inmates at odds. Once the prisoners realize that their attitudes toward each other are self-destructive, they unite against the prison guards in a daring escape plan. This film was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category in 1984.

The Bombing
Director: Simone Bitton, First Run/Icarus Film, VHS 52 minutes, 1999
The Bombing offers a unique perspective on families that share a tragic bond. The documentary examines the lives of the families of suicide bombers and their Israeli victims. The strength of the documentary is in its refusal to take sides. Its gift is that it humanizes the victims, bombers, and families.
To order call 1-800-876-1710. Order No. ME32,

Checkpoint: The Palestinians After Oslo
Filmakers Library, VHS 58 minutes, 1997
This documentary covers a range of issues that emerged in 1991-1997 through interviews, street encounters, and scenes. It emphasizes the ways in which Israeli checkpoints constrict the lives of Palestinians and undermine the promise of Oslo.
Studio 58 Productions,

Children of Fire
Director: Mai Masri, VHS 50 minutes, 1990
This documentary provides a personal perspective on the uprising in the West Bank in 1988-89, seen through the eyes of children in Nablus.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-322-0882 x202

Children of Ibdaa: To Create Something Out of Nothing
Director: S. Smith Patrick, VHS 30 minutes, 2002
This documentary features the Ibdaa Dance Troupe, a Palestinian children’s dance troupe from a refugee camp in the West Bank. The group uses traditional debke dance to express the history, struggle and aspirations of the Palestinian people. The children also visit the demolished villages from which their grandparents were expelled in 1948. Arabic with English Subtitles
24 Abbey St. San Francisco, CA 94114  415-864-6324

Chronicle of a Disappearance
Director: Elia Suleiman, VHS 88 minutes, 1996
This film’s narrative is the thread on which the director hangs a series of visual puns and poetic imagery. Suleiman uses these scenes to capture the strange life in a land that is at once ancient and hyper-modern and where a people exist in a state of suspended identity.
Arab Film Distribution,

Citizen Bishara
Director: Simone Bitton, First Run/Icarus Films, VHS 52 minutes, 2001
This documentary examines the life of Azmi Bishara, a member of the Israeli Knesset and a Palestinian Israeli. A sociologist by training, Bishara fights for the equality of Israel’s Arab citizens and for their recognition as a national minority. In 1999, Bishara was the first Palestinian Israeli to make a bid for the post of Israeli prime minister.
To order call 1-800-876-1710, order no. NME-04,

Close, Closed, Closure
Director: Ram Loevy, First Run/Icarus Film, VHS 52 minutes, 2002
This documentary examines life in the Gaza Strip, which the director calls a prison for one million Palestinians. The film focuses on how the border crossings affect the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza. It also presents contrasting views of Israeli settlers and pacifists.
To order call 1-800-876-1710, order no. NME-05,

The Conflict
VHS 52 minutes, 1998 The program presents the history of Israel from its Zionist roots in the 19th century to the war of independence and the emergence of Israel as an independent Jewish state.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Director: Elia Suleiman, VHS 15 minutes, 2000
This video was commissioned by the town of Bethlehem for the year 2000. Mary and Joseph are Palestinians living in Gaza and face many obstacles as they try to make it to Manger Square in order to give birth to the baby Jesus.

Daughters of Allah
Director: Sigrun Slapgard, VHS 49 minutes, 2001
Filmed in the West Bank and Gaza, the documentary penetrates deeply into the role of the increasingly strong Islamic movement. It includes interviews with militant, veiled female activists. Also, young intellectuals are interviewed about their support for the Islamist movement.
Filmakers Library,

Diary of a Male Whore
Director: Tawfik Abu Wael, VHS 15 minutes, 2001
Based loosely on the Moroccan novel For Bread Alone, this film can be viewed as a metaphorical account of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This short feature depicts libidinal scenes and violent episodes without any sense of guilt.
Arab Film Distribution,

Divine Interventions
Director: Elia Suleiman, English subtitles, VHS 92 minutes, 2002
The film portrays E.S., whose father lies dying in the hospital and whose lover lives across the Green Line in Ramallah. The plot is an excuse for a series of elegant satire, distilling the frustration, rage, and hopelessness of contemporary Palestinian existence. 
Channel 4 Productions

A Dream of Justice and Freedom
Director: Christopher Swann, VHS 52 minutes, 1995
Hanan Ashrawi, with BBC narrator Keith Kyle, reviews the recent stages of the development of Palestinian nationalism with extensive use of archival film footage.
Landmark Media Inc, 1-800-342-4336,

Edward Said
Director: Edward Said, VHS 40 minutes, 2003
In this program, Edward Said discusses his theory of postcolonialism. He exposes the Western image of the East and asserts the right of Palestine to exist as an independent, self governing nation.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Encounter in Ramallah
Directors: Peter Lofgren and Emil Larsson, VHS 53 minutes, 1996
Two young soldiers, an Israeli and an Arab, encounter each other on a street and both are wounded. The directors explore their lives and use the examination of their lives to explore the conflict in which they are caught. The documentary gives a close-up, human view of the gulf separating both sides. Filmakers Library,

For My Children
Director: Michal Avid, VHS 65 minutes, 2002
This deeply moving film explores the lives of eight Palestinian women and their struggles to live normal lives. Representing a diverse cross-section of Palestinian society, they speak about their daily encounters with violence and their marginalization in the ideological debate concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Their stories challenge stereotypes of Palestinian women.
Women Make Movies, 212-925-0606,
462 Broadway, Suite 5000
New York, NY 10013

Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land
Director: Michael Khleifi, VHS 68 minutes, 1996
This film makes a plea for tolerance and understanding about marriages involving mixed religions and/or ethnic groups in today’s Palestinian and Israeli societies. The complexities of love demand creative compromises from each couple.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-322-0882 x202

Ford Transit
Director: Hany Abu-Assad, VHS, Summer 2002
This film follows cab driver Rajai through Ramallah and East Jerusalem. The director says “the Ford Transit is a metaphor for the theater of the Palestinians, a people without a homeland." The movie examines the lives of van passengers, including politicians, day laborers, children, and fellow filmmakers, as they navigate the checkpoints of the West Bank. The director won the 2003 Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking.

From the Orange to the Chip: Israel’s Economic Revolution
VHS 52 minutes, 1998
Today, technology rather than agriculture is the backbone of the Israeli economy. Israel’s goal is to maintain its position as a force in the world technology market, leveraging its human capital. This program examines the ups and downs of this economic revolution in a region that is resource-poor and surrounded by hostile neighbors.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
Director: Mai Masri, VHS 57 minutes, 2001
Two young Palestinian girls, one in a Beirut refugee camp, the other in a Bethlehem refugee camp, speak about the realities of their daily lives. The documentary articulates the innermost feelings and hopes of a new generation of Palestinians living in exile.
Independent Television Service,

Frontline in the Holy Land
Public Broadcasting Corporation, VHS 7 hours, 1988
Interviews and a town meeting with Israelis and Palestinians, narrated by Ted Koppel, that covers the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the situation facing the two peoples in the first year of the intifada., 1-888-PBS-SHOP

The Furthest Mosque
Director: Ovidio Salazar, VHS 19 minutes, 2000
British Catholic folk-rock-jazz star Danny Thompson now converted to Islam, makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to discover why it is the third holiest city of Islam. His questions and interviews not only answer his original question, but also emphasize the commonalities between the three monotheistic religions., 703-532-3202

Future Peace, Next War
VHS 52 minutes, 1998
In this program, the vision of Israel’s purpose and scope is discussed, including the leaders who have interpreted and shaped that vision. The director argues that Israel’s story has been one of a search for peace almost constant conflict. Today, even the volatile issues of security and territorial compromise remain unresolved.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family
Directors: PeA Holmquist, Joan Mandell, Pierre Bjorklund, VHS 82 minutes, 1984
This documentary explores the issues that caused the 1988 intifada and continue at the heart of the conflict. Moments of tragedy and joy are intercut with scenes in which Israeli politicians, soldiers and settlers discuss responsibility for occupation. The film does on excellent job of humanizing the conflict. New Day Films, 1-888-367-9154

Gaza Strip
Director: James Longley, VHS 74 minutes, 2002
This documentary is told from a Palestinian teenager’s point of view. The film follows a range of people and events immediately after the election of Ariel Sharon to the position of Prime Minister. The film is presented without narration and with little explanation, focusing on ordinary Palestinians rather than politicians and pundits. It offers a rare look inside the stark realities of Palestinian life and death under Israeli military occupation.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-322-0882 x202

Gaza Under Siege
Director: Charlotte Metcalf, VHS 27 minutes, 2001
This film examines the lives of Reyidh and Sabah, members of a Palestinian family in Gaza. No longer able to provide for their families since the second intifada and the closing of the Gaza, they have reached the breaking point. Sabah wonders how long life can go on with no solution in sight. Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani asks why the UN shies away from its responsibilities regarding Palestinian refugees.
Bullfrog Films,, 1-800-543-3764
PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547

Going Home
Director: Omar Al-Qattan, VHS 48 minutes, 1995
British officer Derek Cooper followed orders to leave Jaffa in May 1948. His continued sense of responsibility to the Palestinians led him to work for Palestinian relief. This film, focuses on the question of memories, which are seen as the central issue for any dialogue leading towards a just peace.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-322-0882 x202

Her Israel
Director: Marjan Tehrani, VHS 50 minutes, 2001
This film explores how defining circumstances, political tension, the constant presence of violence, and religious history have created vibrant female identities. The three women demonstrate the multi-dimensional components involved in existing in this complex Middle Eastern society and reveal radically different perspectives and lifestyles. Identity Films, 212-579-6540, 32 W. 75th St, New York, NY 10023

Director: Asher Tylalim, VHS 47 minutes, 1998
En route to Tel Aviv, salesman Yehezkel picks up three hitchhikers: a trigger happy Orthodox soldier, an uninhibited young woman, and a gay Israeli Arab. With a deft touch, the film bares the intricate personal foibles of each traveler, each a capsule sketch of one facet of Israeli society.
Courtesy of Ergo, 668 American Legion Drive, PO Box 2037, Teaneck, NJ 07666-1437

Human Weapon: A Film on the History of Suicide Bombing
Director: Ilan Ziv, First Run/Icarus Films, VHS 54 minutes, 2002
This documentary examines the history of suicide bombing as a tool of warfare in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the United States. The film focuses on suicide bombings in the Middle East since the early 1980s and illustrates how suicide bombing has changed in the past 20 years. Human Weapon cites the 1994 Hebron massacre as the turning point in the Palestinian-Israeli crisis.
To order call 1-800-876-1710, order no. NME-01,

If You Make it Possible
Director: Lynn Feinerman, VHS 75 minutes, 1996
This four-part documentary provides portraits of Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers, offering personalization and reality to the ongoing peace process. The title of the documentary is based on the Quranic verse “If you make it possible, it is possible. If you make it impossible, it is impossible."
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-332-0882 x202

The Ingathering
VHS 52 minutes, 1998
This program examines the history of Jewish immigration to Israel and the tension that exists between Jews of European and non-European origin, exploring the question of cultural identity in a society founded on the principle of inclusion of all Jews.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

In the Line of Fire
Patricia Naylor for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, VHS 47 minutes, 2002
This film exposes the reality of covering news from the Middle East. The documentary follows two Reuters cameramen from Hebron as they compile a video archive of beatings, shootings, and humiliation of both Palestinians and journalists in their attempt to inform the world about what really happens in the West Bank and Gaza.
Filmaker Library,

In the Name of Security
Director: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler, The National Lawyers Guild, VHS 27 minute, May 2002
This video documents the travels of a delegation from the National Lawyers Guild throughout the West Bank to investigate war crimes by the Israeli military. The video shows a brutal occupation designed to prevent statehood, but also shows the strength of the Palestinian people

Inside God’s Bunker
Director: Micha Peled, VHS 40 minutes, 1994
A powerful portrait of the messianic beliefs of Jewish settlers in Beit Hadassah in Hebron and nearby Kiryat Arba before and after the Hebron massacre of 1994. Careful documentation of family life in these areas includes indoctrination of children in hatred of Arabs.
Moving Images Inc, 415-453-6922, PO Box 67, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Israel at 50
Director: CBS Group, VHS 28 minutes, 1998
Israel has evolved from a land of agrarian pioneers to a modern industrial state. This program looks at what this complex country means to Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims in America.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1-800-527-5126,
PO Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543

Jenin, Jenin
Director: Mohamad Bakri, VHS 54 minutes, 2002
The film includes testimony from Jenin residents after the IDF’s military operation in April 2002, during which the city and the camp were the scenes of fierce fighting.  The film shows the extent to which prolonged oppression and terror have affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin. A little girl demonstrates how violence in her day-to-day life nourishes her feelings of hatred and creates the need to take revenge.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-332-0882 x202

Jerusalem: Gates to the City
Director: Dani Wachsmann, Francois Abdu Salem, VHS 31 minutes, 1996
Parallel Israeli and Palestinian research teams explore the cultural diversity of life in Jerusalem. Under the direction of Amy Horowitz and David Schoenbach, the multifaceted gates – the many human faces – of Jerusalem are captured in film.
Smithsonian Institutional Center for Folklife/Culture, 202-287-3438
955 L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, D.C. 20560

Jerusalem Stories: Reported by Peter Jennings
Director: ABC News, VHS 50 minutes, 1997
Peter Jennings’ visit to Old Jerusalem is wonderfully warm, accurate, sensitive and unbiased. A series of “stories" captures the history of Jerusalem, the depth and intensity of meaning which this city holds for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Without being maudlin, Jennings concludes with a sincere challenge for tolerance.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1-800-257-5126,
PO Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543

Jerusalem’s High Cost of Living
Director: Hazim Bitar, VHS 52 minutes, 2001
A few weeks after the beginning of the final stage in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, a Palestinian-American filmmaker embarks on a journey back to his city of ancestry, Jerusalem. Instead of finding his Israeli neighbors mobilizing for peace, he encounters unexpected hostility. The filmmaker lives the drama of a number of Jerusalem families as they cope with death, injury, and injustice.
Alif Productions, 703-920-2968,

Journey to Bethlehem 2000
Director: Alia Arasoughly, VHS 27 minutes, 1997
Hanan Ashrawi narrates this portrait of Bethlehem, its historic past, the plans for its role in the global celebration of the birth of Jesus in the year 2000, and the preparations for the restoration of the city. Bethlehem is the symbol of a human mission affirming the rights of all human beings, not only Palestinians but citizens of all faiths everywhere.
Palestine Broadcasting Corporation, +02-995-9899.

Journey to the Occupied Lands
Director: Michael Ambrosino, Public Broadcasting Corporation, VHS 86 minutes, 1992. This documentary is a well-photographed Frontline commentary on the West Bank, including interviews with Israeli settlers and Palestinians., 1-888-PBS-SHOP

Jours Transquilles En Palestine
Director: Sylvain Roumette, VHS 13 minutes, French, 1998
Based on the Fondation pour l’Image photographic collection on pre-1948 Palestine, Sylvain Roumette presents an intimate portrait of life in Palestine before the creation of Israel. Five women reminisce about their pre-1948 life and tell their stories of leaving home and witnessing the breakdown of their centuries-old society. Arab Image Foundation, 718-383-6420, 102 Eagle St, #2R, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Mahmoud Darwich: As the Land is the Language
Director: Simone Bitton, VHS 60 minutes, 1997
This video is a powerful biographical portrait of Darwich’s life and works. When this solitary man reads his poems in public, the writings express the quintessence of the national tragedy of Palestinian exile. Arab American Foundation, 92 Corporate Park, C150, Irvine, CA 92606, [email protected]

The Milky Way
Director: Ali Nasser, VHS 104 minutes, 1997
The mukhtar of the Palestinian village under Israeli occupation rules with a heavy hand and cooperates with the Israelis. When his corrupt son is killed, Mahmud, the outspoken village teacher and prime suspect, flees to the mountains. A sensitive study of village dynamics.
Kino International Corporation, 1-800-562-3330.
333 W. 39th St, #503, New York, NY 10018

Minarets in the Face of Destruction
Director: Eyad al-Daoud, Journeyman Pictures, VHS 52 minutes, 2001
Filmed from the point of the Palestinian Diaspora, it returns to Israel in search of mosques and other Palestinian holy sites left behind by the local population when Israel was created. What it finds at many of the sites of ancient mosques is destruction and desecration. The film offers a deeper understanding of the Palestinians’ desperate sense of loss. To order:, or +44-20-8941-9994.

The Mountain
Director: Hanna Elias, VHS 24 minutes, 1992
This documentary is an elegantly photographed drama about a Palestinian girl in Galilee whose parents oppose her marriage to a vegetable vendor from Gaza.

My Jaffa
Director: Robert Manthoulis, VHS 53 minutes, 1998
This film remembers Jaffa through the eyes of two families that lived there before 1948. The history is related before 1948 through interviews and old film footage from the time of General Allenby. This film provides an unusual look at Palestinian exiles who feel longing and despair for their homeland. Filmakers Library,

My Terrorist
Director: Yulie Cohen Gerstel, Women Make Movies, VHS 58 minutes, 2003
A personal reflection on the Middle East cycle of violence, Gerstel embarks on a journey to find Fahad Mihyi, one of the attackers on an El Al flight in 1978. She initiates a correspondence in which Fahad expresses contrition. The movie contrasts this reconciliation with the rage of the parents of a flight attendant killed by the attackers., 212-925-0606 x360

Al Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe 1948
Directors: Benny Brunner and Alexandra Jansse, VHS 56 minutes, 1997
Al Nakba tackles the tragic events surrounding the Palestinian refugee flight, particularly from the perspective of Israeli historian Benny Morris. Eyewitnesses describe what happened rather than what Israeli and Arab propagandists have said happened. The interviewees include Azmi Bishara, Shaban Mahmoud, a Palestinian refugee, and Itzhak Pundak.
Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Landmark Media, Inc. 1-800-342-4336,

Naji al-Ali, An Artist with Vision
Director: Kasim Abid, First Run/Icarus Films, VHS 52 minutes, 1999.
This documentary examines the life of the late Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali. He was known for producing thousands of cartoons satirizing the powers-that-be in the Middle East. Naji al-Ali is still the most popular artist in the Arab world, loved for his defense of the average person. Interviews with leading Arab journalists and poets reveal his commitment to the Palestinian people. To Order call 1-800-876-1710, Order # ME38,

Neighbor or Foe? The Battle of Jerusalem’s El Khalidieh Street
Director: Nissim Mossek, VHS 61 minutes, 1995
With the Temple Mount the focus of the struggle, Khalidieh Street in the heart of the Muslim quarter of the Old City personalizes elements of struggle between Jews and Muslims to claim Jerusalem as their capital. Violence has erupted; basic emotions spill over leaving an uneasy coexistence in this once peaceful street. PowerSports International, 818-708-9995

Director: Mohamed Soueid, VHS 70 minutes, 2000
The director draws from his diaries, recounting the time he spent in “The Student Squad" of the Palestinian Resistance Movement “Fatah" during the Lebanese Civil War. He recounts stories, both happy and sad, of old friends fallen during the war and others still living with their memories and solitude. Arab Film Distribution,, 206-322-0882 x202

Oasis of Peace
Director: Jocely Ajami, VHS 28 minutes, 1995
The story of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a unique village in Israel where Jews and Palestinians have been living together since 1978, is one of idealistic realism. Neither this experimental community nor their School for Peace workshops, affecting more than 15,000 teenagers, find the road to peace easy. Yet this is a small step towards hope. Landmark Media Inc, 1-800-342-4336, Slade Dun Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Our Honour and His Glory: Honor Killing in the Palestinian Zone
Director: Sigrun Slapgard, VHS 28 minutes, 2001
This film documents two cases of honor killings in Palestinian villages. One girl, who attempted to return to her family which had cast her out in disgrace, had her death publicly announced. Another was kept in prison to protect her from her family and was later given a new identity. The film illustrates the challenges facing women in a changing society. Filmakers Library,

VHS 52 minutes, 2002
The documentary examines the ways in which the history of Palestine has been shaped by the governments of other countries. The documentary uncovers the factors, personages, and events which have led to the crisis of today.
Landmark Media, Inc. 1-800-342-4336,

Palestine: 1890-1990
A United Nations Production, VHS 35 minutes, 1993
This documentary provides a historical look at the conflict surrounding the geographical area of Palestine. Major events covered include the origins of Zionism, Palestine’s position in the Ottoman Empire, the Balfour Declaration, the British mandate, and the 1948 partition. Major historical figures are also profiled. Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Palestine is Still the Issue
Director: Anthony Stark and John Pilger, Carlton International Media, VHS 53 minutes, 2002
In this film, John Pilger returns to the West Bank to find out why the Palestinians are still refugees in their own land. Pilger speaks to families of suicide bombers as well as their victims and in the process sees the humiliation that the Palestinians live with every day.
Bullfrog Films, 1-800-543-3764 PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547

Palestinian Writers
Director: Matteo Bellinelli for RTSI-Televisione Svizzera, VHS 50 minutes, 1980
This film is a portrait of two women writers from the West Bank. The film follows one writer through the streets of Nablus and another who returned to Palestine after the 1993 Oslo Agreement. Filmakers Library,

People and the Land
Director: Tom Hayes, 1997
Funded by PBS, the film evaluates the role that United States tax dollars play in perpetuating the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The film is a culmination of over a decade of work by Tom Hayes and his crew. Arab Film Distribution,, 206-332-0882 x202

The People’s Army
VHS 52 minutes, 1998
This program examines the history of the Israeli Defense Forces in all of its conflicts from the war of independence to the formation of elite units. The program also includes the details of life in the field when being an Israeli means being a soldier. Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Persona Non Grata
Director: Oliver Stone, Morena Films, VHS 67 minutes, March 2002
This documentary focuses more an Oliver Stone’s weeklong trip to the West Bank and Jerusalem in March 2002 and less on attempting to examine the conflict on an intellectual level. His inability to meet with Arafat becomes the driving force behind the visit, which takes place at the most violent point in the uprising and the Israeli reoccupation of Palestinian cities. Home Box Office (HBO),

Primetime War
A Highlight Production, VHS 52 minutes, 2000
This film follows an Israeli and a Palestinian cameramen who are good friends and colleagues. The film shows how the media affects the events it covers. The two cameramen constantly question the validity of their work and the moral dilemmas concerning the role and responsibility of the media in reporting events in the West Bank.
Filmakers Library,

Director: Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg, Carlos Bolado, VHS 102 minutes, February 2003
Promises examines the conflict in the Middle East through the eyes of Palestinian children in Dheisheh camp and Jerusalem and Israeli children in Jerusalem and a settlement. The afternoon that the Israeli twins spend in Dheisheh illuminates the complex reactions and the fleeting chances for friendship. Emmy Awards for Best Documentary, Outstanding Background Analysis. Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary., 212-925-7800 x100

Rana’s Wedding
Director: Hany Abu-Assad, VHS, 2001
This film is about a young Palestinian woman who resists her father’s attempts to prevent her from marrying Khalil, the theater director whom she loves. The film is based on a true story and was filmed in East Jerusalem and Ramallah. The film opened the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in 2003.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-332-0882 x206

The Road to Palestine
Director: Robert Fisk, A Discovery Channel Production, VHS 52 minutes, 2002
The program examines the displacement of Palestinians, paying specific attention to Hamas, Israeli rule over Gaza, and the attitudes of Zionist settlers. The video reveals the hostility and humanity on both sides across their historical, religious, and ideological divide.
Films for the Humanities and Sciences,

The Road to Peace: Israelis and Palestinians
Director: Yaron Shemer, First Run/Icarus Films, VHS 60 minutes, 1995
In the aftermath of the 1993 peace accords, this film explores changes in the areas of economy, health and education on the West Bank, profiling enterprising people on both sides who are working toward mutual trust and a peaceful future.
To order call 1-800-876-1710,

Shalom of Safed
VHS 28 minutes, 1969
Shalom, a humble watchmaker living in the Galilee, began painting when he neared sixty. His acclaim as a unique folk-artist was immediate. This film explores the techniques of his paintings as well as the spiritual and physical sources of his inspiration.
Ergo Home Videos, 1-800-685-3746.

The Settlers
Director: Ruth Walk, First Run Icarus Films, VHS 52 minutes, 2002
A relatively sympathetic film of religious Jewish families in the Tel Rumeida settlement inside Hebron, filmed in 1999. The director focuses mainly on the women who lead these strictly observant households. An addition to the film after the outbreak of the intifada in 2000 reveals its impact on these Israeli settlers.
To order call 1-800-876-1710, order no. NME-03,

The Shadow of the West
VHS 50 minutes, 1986
This documentary is an analysis by the Palestinian American scholar Edward Said of the Palestinian refugee situation as the residue of the modern encounter between the Arabs and the West, which is traced through the Crusades, Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt, and the French and English empire builders who came in his wake.
Landmark Media,, 1-800-342-4336

Shadows of Peace
VHS 53 minutes, 2002
This film takes us from the roots of the conflict up to the current situation. In the middle of the conflict, there are men and women from both sides who work hard to bring about encounters, exchanges and respect. These activists give us keys on a human scale for a future of harmonious cohabitation which they are already living.
Landmark Media, Inc. 1-800-342-4336.

A Short History of Jerusalem
Director: International Campaign for Jerusalem, VHS 10 minutes, 1995
A brief politico-religious chronology of the city of Jerusalem with some on-site footage is enlivened by a creative selection of film clips, slides of artifacts, and photographs. The focus is on a peaceful solution for Jerusalem with respect for Palestinian as well as Israeli rights.
Council for the National Interest, 202-628-6958.

This is not Living
Director: Alia Arasoughly, VHS 42 minutes, 2001
This deeply moving piece explores the lives of eight Palestinian women and their struggle to live normal lives amidst the degrading drama of war. Representing a diverse cross-section of Palestinian society, they candidly speak about their daily encounters with violence and their marginalization in the ideological debate concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Their stories challenge stereotypes of Palestinian women in the media and provide a much-needed window into experiences rarely seen in the West.
Women Make Movies,, 212-925-0606

Ticket to Jerusalem
Director: Rashid Masharawi, Global Film Initiatives, VHS 85 minutes, 2003
The film follows Jabber, a man who makes a living showing films to children in the West Bank refugee camps. The film focuses on some of the absurdities that Palestinians must deal with as a result of the occupation. Jabber’s devotion is his way of coping with life as a Palestinian in the West Bank.

Trumpet in the Wadi
Directors: Lina and Slava Chaplin, VHS 97 minutes, 2001
This film tells of a love story between two outsiders in Israeli society: a young Arab Christian woman and a new Jewish immigrant from Russia. In 2001, this film won the best film award at the Haifa International Film Festival the best drama at Israeli Film and Television Academy Awards, 2001

Veiled Hope: Women of Palestine
Director: Norma Marcos, VHS 55 minutes, 1994
The overall thrust of this video is a description, through interviews with five women, of the density of personal and political experiences facing Palestinian women. They discuss their relationships with fathers, brothers, and husbands, their political activities, and their experiences of life under occupation.
Women Make Movies,

Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment
Directors: Joan Mandell and Laura Hayes, VHS 30 minutes, 1989
This chilling documentary follows dramatic changes in immigration law through one of the country’s longest-running immigration cases. The film asks, do immigrants have the same rights as citizens under the U.S. Constitution? The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights take on the Justice Department in a battle over whether non-citizen residents are entitled to First Amendment rights.
New Day Films, 1-888-367-9154

Water Wars
Director: Iain Taylor, VHS 26 minutes, 1997
From the worldwide picture of diminishing water resources and increasing concern, particularly in the arid Middle East, this film zeros in on the inequities of water distribution in Israel, with Palestinians getting short shrift. Specific examples, interviews with both Palestinians and Israelis, and statistics bolster the devastating conclusions about “water apartheid."
Landmark Media Inc, 1-800-342-4336,

Welcome to Hadassah Hospital
Director: Ramon Gieling, 50 minutes, VHS 2002.
This film examines individuals who work at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. It follows Dr. Avi Rivkind who must treat those affected by and those who planned suicide bombings side by side. The doctors make no distinction between their patients, for the patients the situation is much harder. This is definitely a powerful film about integrity and humanity.
Netherlands Public Broadcasting,, + 31 35 6773561

Whose State? Whose Religion?
VHS 52 minutes, 1998
Many Israelis today identify themselves as a nation, not a religion. This program examines a divisive question that has pitted Israeli against Jew. This question of identity continues to shape Israeli politics and society.
Films for the Humanities & Sciences,

Women of South Lebanon
Directors: Jean Khalil Chamoun & Mai Masri, VHS 75 minutes, 1986
This docudrama examines Lebanese villagers’ reactions to the Israeli occupation in1982, focusing on the women who must cope with daily life in that insecure environment.
Arab Film Distribution,, 206-332-0882 x202

Women Under Siege
Director: Marilyn Gaunt, VHS 25 minutes, 1982
This documentary examines a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon a year before the Israeli invasion of 1982, focusing on the roles played by women as mothers, teachers, political organizers, farm laborers, and fighters.
First Run Icarus Films,, 718-488-8900

You, Me, Jerusalem
Producers/Directors: Micha Peled and George Khleifi, VHS 54 minutes, 1996
An Israeli and a Palestinian co-produced a film about a mixed Israeli-Palestinian ambulance crew, and their friends and families. From these ordinary people comes commentary about basic issues, ideals, mistrusts, fears and the challenges faced by those seeking to live normal lives in abnormal circumstances. MXP Productions, 415-453-6922

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