The five short films selected have been made by groups of Israeli and Palestinian young people working together on issues reflecting their identity and the reality of their day to day lives. The primary goal of I Am You Are is to provide an opportunity for these teenagers to collaborate and achieve a shared objective that challenges stereotypes and prejudices.
In this project, there are the seeds for a ‘larger’ strategy for conflict resolution, both in Israel and other regions of the world where people are struggling to cope with immigration and multicultural issues. Filmmaking offers the young participants the tools to document their personal narratives. The mixed group format and the medium of video provide a unique opportunity to cope with a common challenge, founded in mutual respect and tolerance.
An ongoing project for Jerusalem’s Israeli and Palestinian youth under the auspices of The Jerusalem Cinematheque, made possible by The Jerusalem Foundation with the generous support of a friend from England.