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In the Land of Pomegranates

Director - Hava Kohav Beller
Run Time - 125 minutes
Language - Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles
Format - DVD / Digital streaming
Year - 2017
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests - Conflict Resolution, History (World), Human Rights, Islam, Jewish Studies, Middle East, New Releases, Political Science, Psychology, Religion

Institutional DVD Price: $295

From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Hava Kohav Beller comes her new film In the Land of Pomegranates, a suspenseful, multi-layered documentary centered on a group of young people who were born into a violent and insidious ongoing war.

They are young Palestinians and Israelis invited to Germany to join a retreat called 'Vacation From War' where they live under the same roof and face each other every day. In highly charged encounters they confront the entrenched myths and grievances that each side has for the other. Woven into this intense footage are the stories of other embattled lives in the Occupied Territories and Israel: a mother and four children living in the shadow of Gaza's border wall; an imprisoned Palestinian and the subsequent path he's taken; a traumatized Israeli survivor of a suicide bombing; and a daring Palestinian mother whose son's life is saved by an Israeli doctor.

They are all caught in the duality of the pomegranate: will they embrace rebirth and each other's humanity, or will they pull the pin on the grenade?

"Sobering. A tough and clear-eyed look at how things are, rather than how we want them to be." - Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times

"Hava Kohav Beller's beautifully shot documentary gives an urgent and very modern new face to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." - New York Magazine

"An extraordinary documentary that, for anyone genuinely interested in and/or concerned with the seemingly intractable Israel/Palestine conflict, becomes an immediate must-see. The movie does a splendid job of forcing us to consistently confront both sides of the issue and to see things from the alternative viewpoint. It is moving and surprising, even occasionally funny, but always thoughtful and humane." - James van Maanen, Trust Movies

"Informative and thought-provoking. One thing that's valuable about a film like this is that it shows us places that writing alone leaves too abstracted. Here we get an immediate sense of certain bustling city streets, tranquil farms and other landscapes, perhaps the most piquant and resonant being those that flank the Wall, i.e. the structure that's called a security fence by one side, an apartheid fence by the other." - Godfrey Cheshire,