One Day After Peace

Part of our A Summer of Film Series, presented by the Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

In English and Hebrew with English subtitles.

2012. 86 minutes. Documentary. NR.

“Peace may be difficult to imagine, but this brave and inspiring film puts the process in a global, historical context that helps us glimpse what might be possible…”

Urban Times London

“The great strength of “One Day After Peace” is that neither Robi Damelin nor the filmmakers pretend that those questions have easy or definitive answers. The resulting work is one that nags at the conscience long after the end credits have rolled…”

The Jewish Week

“A layered, carefully rendered exploration of one woman’s attempt to find her way through a horror which doesn’t yield to platitudes or a simple division of sides … the documentary is a rare gift in the growing body of documentary film dedicated to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…”

Torontoist

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