On the anniversary of the divisive creation of the State of Israel, this feature-length documentary exposes a secret desire for peace.
The cinematic film follows the youth of the region as they take a stand against the extreme polarisation of their history through an experimental reworking of Romeo and Juliet – the classic play about hatred destroying humanity.
The two warring families of the Montagues and Capulets are portrayed by young Palestinian and Israeli actors. Once the acting is finished the camera then turns its attention to the personal stories which haunt the actors.
Exploring the groups’ own intimate stories, they reveal how their parents’ one-sided versions of their identity has bred bitterness and lack of empathy during this continuous conflict.
This blood-feud logic has led to state sponsored displacement, illegal settlements, bombing of civilians, innocent imprisonment and death – mirroring the iconic Shakespearean tale.
These young actors may disagree on the big issues facing Israel, but they both commonly understand what it’s like to inherit the burden of a 2000-year-old war of religious, historical and ultimately political entitlement of land, which is dictating their future.
Sarah Kendal – Producer
Ben Taylor – Executive producer
Michael Traboulsi – Executive producer
Yoshua Sobol – Executive Producer & Senior Advisor