Nisan Katz and Shelley Hermon / Israel 2012
Co-produced with France Télévisions.
Produced with the support of the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, USA.
52 / 68 minutes. HD
Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and an Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for their nations. Yet, when faced with the tragic loss of their daughters in the conflict, they chose to do the unexpected and instead of seeking revenge, they turned from enemies to brothers.
Interview with Shelley Hermon:
'' Different voices are also important to Shelley Hermon which becomes very clear in her documentary Within the Eye of the Storm. She was Israeli-born but grew up in London and only returned in her thirties.
But the issue of conflict was always part of her being and she knew she wanted to do something about it.
For her the conflict has much more to do with the psychology of the groups involved than the practicalities of the process, and that’s where her focus lies.
She wanted to include both sides – the Israelis and the Palestinians – to get the real story.''
PLAY ME ALLEGRO - an optimistic borderline story
4 km from Gaza, kibbutz Nir-Am is located on the border between Israel & the Palestinian Authority. In spite of Israeli missiles & helicopters soaring above their heads, and Palestinian rockets falling in their yard, Julia, a Russian immigrant, and her 5 years old daughter, choose not to give up. If it weren’t for the daily sirens and rockets, their lives would be like those of most single-parent families. Living with the constant threat, Julia struggles to maintain a dialogue with their Palestinian neighbors and lead a normal life. An abnormally normal life and a profoundly appealing film, that moves towards a surprise happy ending.