Arna's Children
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Arna Mer (1929-1995) led in the last years of her life a small theatre group of Palestinian children on the West Bank. Her son Juliano, who directed the group, used his camera all those years to film the rehearsals and performances of the plays. The theatre closed a couple of years ago after the Israeli occupation. Back in Jenin he discovers, little by little, the tragic story of the theatre children who were so dear to him.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A subject as complex as this demands greater rigor, deeper intelligence and a sense of dialectics."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The documentary takes no sides, but its bleak message is all too clear."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The film is both a fitting elegy for Arna and the children she tried to help and a deeply disturbing warning about what will continue to breed within the occupied territories until peace is brought to Palestine."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It feels patronizing and self-important."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Gripping virtually from start to finish..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"What begins as a routine documentary about a children's theater group in a Palestinian refugee camp soon turns into a haunting chronicle on the tragic toll of war."
‑ Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News
"Somewhere in Khamis' abstruse footage there's a documentary, but Arna's Children only provides glimpses of it."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"The destruction of homes in Jenin's refugee camps further compounds the problem of the Palestinian people."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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