Help fund ‘Voices Across the Divide’ film on Palestine

Alice Rothchild, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams (Pluto, 2007; 2010) has begun a fundraising campaign for Voices Across the Divide,  an oral history project sharing the stories of Palestinians.

Go to Alice’s Indigogo page now to donate.

The Project

What if you could explore a forgotten people’s history and better understand one of the most complex conflicts of our time? What if you could act on your understanding and be a part of an international grassroots effort for peace and social change?

We invite you to support Voices Across the Divide, a powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through stories usually not heard. Help us share these important stories, and be inspired to make a difference.

Your support helps us release the film

Where we’re at

We currently have a 58-minute fine cut ready. Since 2009 we filmed more than twenty interviews, collected hundreds of family and historical photos, recorded several hours of footage of current Israel, and gained access to the UNRWA historical film archives. Now we want to bring Voices Across the Divide to your communities!

Your gift will help us fund:

  • Final editing of Voices Across the Divide.
  • The soundscore. Composer Christiane Karam is creating a beautiful and compelling score for the film. Learn more about Chrstiane here.
  • An online education platform. We are building an online library where all the interviews and their transcripts are available for free in addition to other educational materials to inspire open dialogue and understanding.
  • Graphics & Animation. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is complex. A team of animators is making maps, graphics and animations to explain the complicated history and context of the conflict.
  • Spreading the word. People need to hear these stories. Promotion for the Summer 2013 release helps us reach audiences across the US and even abroad.

Your donation of any size is tax deductible to the fullest extend of the law.

Why Now?

The time is urgent, after more than 65 years the conflict drags on: Palestinians continue to suffer the indignities of occupation, permits, checkpoints, loss of land, refugee camps, military incursions, and exile.

We can’t wait any longer, we need to act NOW.

Support Hope

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent, hot button debates in the US today. There is often little space for compassionate listening or deepening awareness. Access to information about the conflict is shaped by powerful forces and organizations.

We hope Voices Across the Divide will contribute to an open dialogue grounded in mutual respect, understanding, and political activism that leads to justice for all people in the region.

Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, Voices Across the Divide follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.

Raise a voice to build a just peace in Israel and Palestine, by confronting the commonalities of trauma, yearning, immigration, and the realities of injustice and dispossession, humanizing this tortured and misunderstood history

 Additional Ways You Can Help

Showing your support is easy

  1. Share the Project. Tell your friends and family about our campaign, send an e-mail, post on Facebook. You can help us raise awareness about our film, and attract the attention of more peacemakers and donors.
  2. Join Us. Connect with us online here, like us on Facebook here, or blog about our project.

Our Team

Alice Rothchild is a physician, activist, and author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, Pluto Press 2007, revised edition 2010. The book was translated into Hebrew and German. Alice is an active member of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring and for over 20 years has organized and co-authored an annual re-write of the Secular Liberation Haggadah for the yearly community seder. Alice is active in Jewish Voice for PeaceBoston and American Jews for a Just Peace-Boston and has organized annual health and human rights delegations to Israel and Palestine since 2003, lecturing widely, and writing numerous articles for Jewish and secular publications. Please visit her website for writing and presentation sampleswww.alicerothchild.com.

Sharon Mullally is an Emmy Award winning independent producer/director and editor and co-founder of extendedPLAY Inc. http://extendedplay.org/. Her work appears regularly on local and national public television. Sharon spent ten years in staff positions at broadcast television stations in Philadelphia and Baltimore and for the past fifteen years she has primarily produced media focusing on social justice. Sharon has served as a board member and workshop instructor for Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Association and instructor/facilitator at Scribe Video Center. Her editorial work has appeared in the SILVERDOCS Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the DoubleTake Documentary Festival, and the Philadelphia Festival of Independents.

How it started

The idea for the film was born after Alice traveled to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza to work with and interview Israelis and Palestinians starting in 2003 and wrote a book about these experiences,Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience.

As she actively searched for the mostly invisible stories of Palestinians she felt the enormous human commonalities that connect Arabs and Jews. Work on the documentary began with a public storytelling event co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace Detroit, Arab Cultural Society, and Palestine Office-Michigan. Compelled to speak out and to organize for a positive future for all of us, Alice started working on Voices Across the Divide in 2009.

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