Promises (2002)

Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 22, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A heartbreaking and illuminating look at the Israeli and Palestinian conflict through the eyes of children.

Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

Too sincere to exploit its subjects and too honest to manipulate its audience.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Beautifully crafted and brutally honest, Promises offers an unexpected window into the complexities of prejudice.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Beautifully explains the ongoing Middle East conflict.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A gripping documentary that reveals how deep the antagonism lies in war-torn Jerusalem.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Every individual will see the movie through the prism of his or her own beliefs and prejudices, but the one thing most will take away is the sense that peace is possible. That, in itself, is extraordinary.

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Joshua Tanzer

If there's one big point to Promises, it's that nothing can change while physical and psychological barriers keep the sides from speaking even one word to each other.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

What's so extraordinary about this Oscar-nominated work is that it shows us that conflict through the eyes of seven bright, funny, thoughtful kids, ages 9 to 13, on both sides.

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

It's sobering, particularly if anyone still thinks this conflict can be resolved easily, or soon.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A profoundly moving document...The filmmakers' refusal to downplay the situation's intractability makes the glimmer of hope the film offers that much more powerful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Isaac H
By the end, the children are fleshed out and endearingly likable, and their opinions are eye-opening and well realized by the filmmakers. Unfortunately,… More
Simeon Deutsch
Emotional documentary about the innocence of youth in national feuds. Powerful and informative. 97/100