Dear Friends and Supporters,
Well, it's coming up to two years since we had our Kickstarter campaign. As an immigrant to Israel (I arrived here 7 years ago), I'm still very much in the process of learning about this crazy place.
One part of that process has been many instances of naive optimism cracking apart, into a sobering patience and persistence.
It's definitely been that way with "A Third Way", which has turned into a much longer term project than we originally envisioned, when we naively imagined a great organic garden grown by settlers and Palestinians.
Obstacles have come up - some have been external to the characters (the Palestinian Authority has been very reticent to give official permission to use the land - which is in a Palestinian village - for use for a project involving Israeli settlers.)
Some have been between the characters: as I have learned, there is an inherent imbalance between settlers and Palestinians - the former have greater freedoms, like to live or work anywhere within Israel and in many places in the Wes Bank. Some settlers have their hearts in the right place, but are quite happy to develop coexistence projects slowly and patiently. And most Palestinians want changes RIGHT NOW (having lived under Occupation since 1967).
So yes, naive optimism has been educated and seasoned....
This is all to say that we are slowly closing in on finishing shooting "A Third Way - something like 80-90% of our story has been shot. But we are still finding ways to portray some of the many obstacles that have come up, and to tell a story that might not be the one we WANTED to tell early on, but the story that is TRUE to the reality here.
We hope to now be finished shooting by the end of 2013, and again, hopefully - to be finished editing A Third Way by sometime in Spring, 2014.
Thanks for your support and interest in our project. We could not have come this far without it. We will keep you posted as we get nearer the finishing line.
Last thing: if you don't know, you can also follow our progress at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AThirdWay . And I also occasionally blog about it in various places, here's one from earlier this year:
All best from Jerusalem, Harvey Stein