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B. Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado; Independent Television Service (ITVS); and P.O.V./American Documentary, Inc.

Series Description

Promises explores the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis through the voices and experiences of seven children who have grown up in its midst. Despite living in Jerusalem within 20 minutes of each other, these children are nevertheless locked in separate worlds and experience the conflict in profoundly different ways. Through candid interviews, the film explores a legacy of distrust and bitterness; however, signs of hope emerge when some of the children dare to cross the checkpoints to meet one another. Promises is a presentation of P.O.V., public television's award-winning showcase for independent non-fiction films. It was also a co-presentation with ITVS and a Television Race Initiative selection.

Funders (and resulting constraints)

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Open Society Institute, the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, PBS, and public television viewers. Funding for Talking Back and the Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Educational Outreach Budget Range

Small (up to $50,000)

Educational Outreach "Producers"

P.O.V. spearheaded this national community engagement effort by creating extensive educational materials including: a Facilitator's Guide and a unique 20th century timeline representing both Palestinian and Israeli points-of-view (both available for free in print and on the Web); an extensive Web site, which received over 500,000 page views during the broadcast month; 61 events nationally, with P.O.V. offering mini-grants to community groups and local public television stations; an extensive tune-in campaign, with over 1,000 groups contacted; and a national press campaign resulting in extensive coverage. ITVS and Active Voice/TRI also provided outreach services for the initiative.


A partial listing includes: American Friends and Service Committee; American Library Association; Active Voice; Center for Concern; Church Women United; Connect for Kids; Creative Response to Conflict; Global Education Associates; Elderhostel Institute Network; Facing History and Ourselves; The Fellowship of Reconciliation; Foundation for Middle East Peace; The Foundation for Religious Tolerance; H-Net; Independent Television Services; Intercommunity Center for Justice & Peace; Jesuit Social and International Ministries; Just Act: Youth Action for Global Justice; Kidsnet; Listen UP!; Mennonite Central Committee; Methodist Federation of Social Action; The National Conference for Community and Justice; National Council of Social Studies; National Parenting Center; One World USA; Project Parents; Search for Common Ground; Seeking Common Ground; Study Circles Resource Center; Teach for America; US/Israel Women to Women; Unitarian Universalist Faith in Action; Union of American Hebrew Congregations; War Resisters League; Wiretap; Women's International League for Peace & Freedom; and Youth Action Net.

In this section:

    Auschwitz: Inside the
    Nazi State

    Building Big

    Culture Shock



    In Search of Shakespeare

    Lewis & Clark:
    The Journey of the
    Corps of Discovery

    My Journey Home

    The New Americans

    Poetic License

>  Promises

        Goals & Audience

        Outreach Elements

        Outcomes, Challenges
        & Lessons Learned

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