David & Kamal

David & Kamal
Genre:
Drama | Director: Kikuo Kawasaki | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 78 minutes | Country: Israel, Palestine | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR

Nine year old boys with nothing in common strike up a tender friendship following a tense first encounter in this warm-hearted drama from Israel. His parents divorced, young David has just arrived in Israel from America for a visit with his father when local Arab Kamal snatches a pouch of collectable coins right out of his hands. Abandoned by his father, Kalal lives in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem, and works hard to ensure that his mothers and sisters are well fed. After Kamal steals David’s coins, the young victim scours the streets for the thief and runs afoul of a local Arab gang. When Kamal comes to David’s rescue, the two young boys forge a powerful bond that transcends social taboos by revealing how well they can get along despite their differences.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.1

Zorros Bar mizwa

Zorros Bar mizwa
Genre: Documentary | Director: Ruth Beckermann | Language: English | Length: 90 minutes | Country: Austria | Year: 2006 | Rating: NR

This documentary gives a rare insight into the lives and rites of religious Jews in Vienna today. The story follows a few girls and boys as they prepare for their bar mitzvahs. Orthodox to more liberal ceremonies are covered. There are interviews with parents and grandparents who tell of their own memories, some stating that because of difficult circumstances they never had a Bar Mitzwa at all. For someone who is not familiar with this Jewish tradition, the documentary is sort of a primer on the subject.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.1, WH.H.2.5

My So-Called Enemy

My So-Called Enemy
Genre: Documentary | Director: Lisa Gossels | Language: English | Length: 89 minutes | Country: Israel, Palestine, United States | Year: 2010 | Rating: NR – Recommended for ages 12 and up

In July 2002, 22 Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls came to the U.S. to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. “My So Called Enemy” is a coming of age story about 6 of the program participants and how they reconcile their transformative experience in the program with the realities of life back home in the Middle East over the next 7 years. What unfolds is an emotionally-charged film about the human consequences of all conflicts–as seen through the eyes of 6 young women who are thoughtful, intelligent and articulate beyond their years.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.1, WH.H.8.2