April 24, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Promises, a documentary film about the lives of children in Israel and Palestine, which was nominated for an Academy Award this year, will be shown on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pruyne Lecture Room (Room 115) in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College. The film, and a discussion to follow with one of the filmmakers, B. Z. Goldberg, and several of the children featured in the film, is free and open to the public.

Between 1997 and the summer of 2000, filmmakers Goldberg, Justine Shapiro and Carlos Bolado went to Jerusalem to document in film children’s thoughts about war and peace in Israel. Promises offers an unblinking account of the bitter and historically complex struggle from the point of view of those who will inherit it. The children express emotional and sometimes hilarious insight into their personal and political lives. Goldberg talks with children on both sides of the checkpoints. Only minutes by bus separate some of the seven Israeli and Palestinian children profiled, but they dwell worlds apart.

This event is sponsored by the dean of faculty’s office, the Lamont Fund and the departments of English, political science and anthropology and sociology at Amherst College.