Synopsis:

After witnessing a terror attack, Nadav, a charismatic 12-year-old Jerusalemite, decides that grown ups can no longer be trusted to bring peace to the region, and he must act. At a demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, he got up on the podium and announced the formation of a new movement, “Peace for the Future”, consisting entirely of children.

Nadav expects tens of thousands of children to join him. His enthusiasm is contagious and with some friends they embark on an eventful journey. They meet with a group of Palestinian children headed by Mai, an impressive 13-year-old girl, living in east Jerusalem, whose father has spent 20 years in an Israeli prison. A unique friendship is slowly formed between her and Nadav.

The camera follows Nadav during two years, revealing the story of his coming of age. The reality he and his friends uncover, is a reflection of the world of adults, Palestinians and Israelis, living in shadow of war.

Technical:

56 minutes, Israel 2004, Hebrew/Arabic/English

Director: Eyal Avneri

Cinematographer: Eyal Avneri

Screenwriter: Eyal Avneri

Editor: Arik Lahav-Leibovitz

Producers: Edna Kowarsky and Elinor Kowarsky, Eden Productions
Co- Producer:
Leontine Petite, Lemming Film (The Netherlands)

  • IDFA, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, The Netherlands 2004
  • Competition for Documentary Features – Tribeca Film Festival, USA 2005
  • “Hot Docs” Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Canada 2005
  • 7th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece 2005
  • Amnesty International Amsterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2005
  • True/False Colombia Film Festival, USA, 2005
  • Amnesty International West Hollywood Film Festival, USA 2005
  • Israel-Palestine: What Can Cinema Do?, Paris, France 2005
  • 52nd Sydney Film Festival, Australia 2005
  • 11th Shanghai TV Festival, China 2005
  • 4th Reykjavik Shorts & Docs Film Festival, Iceland 2005
  • Cinema Paradise Film Festival in Honolulu, USA 2005
  • Special Mention by the Jury – EBS International Documentary Festival, South Korea 2005
  • Special Documania award – Play-Doc International Film Award, Spain 2006
  • Special UNESCO Prize, Prix Jeunesse International Munich, Germany 2006
  • Telad, Channel 2, Israel – November 2004
  • YLE, Finland – Broadcast Date – TBA
  • TV2, Denmark – November 2004
  • Humanistische Omroep, The Netherlands – May 2005
  • ERT3, Greece – May 2005
  • EBS, South Korea – October 2005
  • TUI Documania, Spain – TBA
  • The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films
  • The Gesher Multicultural Film Fund

“Through Israeli children, who painfully sober up from their dream of making a “big peace” with children their age living on the other side of the barrier, Eyal Avneri manages to bring about both fable and moral of the reasons for the dialog failure with the Palestinians. Avneri’s film is a surprising example of a great small movie.” Yael Gvirtz, Yediot Aharonot 

Eyal Avneri was born in Israel in 1974. During his army service he worked as a military photographer for the Air Force. During the years 1997 – 1999 he studied art and design in I.S.I.A, Rome, Italy. He is a graduate of Betzalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, where he studied in the years 1999 – 2003.