Document / International premiere

To Die in Jerusalem

  • Hilla Medalia /
  • Israel /
  • 2007 /
  • 76 mins

Documentary / English, Hebrew & Arabic

Powerful, original look at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, seen through the eyes of two grieving mothers.

A story which captured the attention of the world media: two 17-year-old girls die in an explosion in a Jerusalem market. One is an Israeli victim, the other a Palestinian suicide bomber. The girls lived only miles apart and looked remarkably similar, but their lives were dramatically different due to their nationalities. This film explores the aftermath and grief for both girls' families as they struggle to come to terms with their loss. Rachel Levy's Israeli mother can find no peace since the death of her daughter four years earlier, while suicide bomber Ayat al-Akhras is celebrated as a martyr in her old school, an honour her parents are desperate to embrace for fear that their daughter's death will have been a senseless loss. The film builds to an emotionally charged climax as the two mothers finally meet via video link-up for longed-for answers to questions, hoping against hope for some small reconciliation within the history of the conflict. CM

2007 Archive

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