This international film by Shelley Hermon, was co-produced with Nisan Katz, with partners like The Sundance Institute, France 5 TV, Makor & Gesher Foundations for Cinema. It won an Award for “Best Contemporary Issue film” in DocMiami, was nominated for “Best Debut Documentary 2012″ in Israel, won an award at the “Religion Today” Film Festival and the prestigious “Japan Prize” for it’s educational merits.
Within The Eye of The Storm, Duration: 68’00″
Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for the sake of their nations. Yet each one of them came face to face with the price of war when their daughters were killed in the conflict. Left with the excruciating pain of bereavement, they chose to do the unexpected. They set out on a joint journey to humanize the very enemy, which took the dearest thing from them and prevent the vicious cycle of retaliation in themselves and their societies. Along the way they reveal the friendship and humor that keeps them alive.The film follows their two parallel stories and the moments where they converge, both in their personal experiences and peace work as they face their shattered families, confused communities and opposing society. This is a critical junction in both their lives, as their life mission and personal agenda clash and they stand the biggest test to their friendship.
Through their story we see how co-existence and peace is possible; how dialogue and seeing the ‘other’ is the only way to achieve it; and how the willingness to take responsibility for one’s reality is a process that can lead to better days.
Sundance Institute Quote
“The film is a unique portrait of two men, whose conviction and friendship triumph in the face of personal sacrifice! It is a unique, beautiful story filled with love and hope”"
Since its premier in September 2012, the film has already been invited to over 19 Countries, 60 Cities & 100 screenings, through festivals, organizations and educational forums. An outreach program to get the film into schools is currently underway!