Arna's Children
Arna's Children (2004)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Manohla Dargis
New York Times

A subject as complex as this demands greater rigor, deeper intelligence and a sense of dialectics.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The documentary takes no sides, but its bleak message is all too clear.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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John Anderson

It feels patronizing and self-important.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Gripping virtually from start to finish...

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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News

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.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Somewhere in Khamis' abstruse footage there's a documentary, but Arna's Children only provides glimpses of it.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The destruction of homes in Jenin's refugee camps further compounds the problem of the Palestinian people.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
To start, this is a documentary about Arna Mer-Khamis who was born Jewish in Galilee and later married a Palestinian man. She would go on to fight for… More