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11/15/2002 Middle Eastern children featured in documentary at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Israeli and Palestinian children affected by the Middle East conflict will be the focus of a documentary and informal discussion Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

The event is sponsored by the Associated Students of Linfield College and the Linfield Activities Board. It is free and open to the public.

"Promises" follows the lives of seven children between the ages of nine and 13 through the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Rather than focusing on political events, the children offer a compelling human portrait of the conflict. Filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg, an American who grew up in Jerusalem, was a journalist during the Palestinian uprising. Over the course of four years, Goldberg and filmmaker Justine Shapiro were welcomed into the daily lives of these seven children and their families. Each child offers a dramatic, emotional and sometimes hilarious insight into what it’s like to grow up in the charged and complex city of Jerusalem.

The film is a valuable educational tool for those seeking a deeper understanding of the conflict, according to Jesse Warner, ASLC student center director, who viewed it over the summer.

"Before I saw this film, I was a bit disassociated with what was going on in Israel," Warner said. "It was not because I didn't care, but because I felt like I had never really understood this complex struggle halfway across the world. This film is a great way to understand the history and get an amazing perspective from children."

The Promises Film Project is a non-profit organization committed to furthering the Middle-East peace process by using the power of film to educate audiences about the importance of supporting peace efforts.

For more information, contact Warner at 503-883-2510.