ABOUT "A THIRD WAY"
Many people around the world believe the Israeli settlements are the major obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Still, there’s a tiny West Bank movement of settlers and Palestinians who have decided that - whatever the future brings - they want to get to know the strangers who are their neighbors. We follow many of these courageous people - including Rabbi Menachem Froman, Mohammad A., Nahum Pachenik, and others. Despite resistance from their own communities (and possibly danger, especially to Palestinians involved), these pioneers are deciding to cross the chasms of fear and hatred, and meet - coming to a nearby Palestinian village, or an Israeli settlement - for the first time. Some are even planning joint economic projects together, including an organic garden in a Palestinian village, co-staffed by settlers and Palestinians, and designed to generate income for both.
These people are definitely pushing the envelope. Some believe in a "2-state solution” to the conflict, others in a single binational state. Rabbi Froman was the Israeli trailblazer of this movement, and a friend of Yassir Arafat for many years. He tells us that if his settlement becomes part of a future Palestinian state, that's fine with him: “I am a citizen of the state of God, my President is God - it’s not so important who is the government.”
We will continue to follow our characters for about the next 6 months - as the region heats up this Fall - ignited by the UN vote on a Palestinian state. Can these friendships and alliances weather the storms, and possibly have larger effects? Is it possible to imagine a win-win solution for settlers and Palestinians?
WHY WE NEED YOU
We have been shooting for several months. From other sources, we have raised about two-thirds of the money we need to finish shooting and editing. Your money will fill in the gap, making it possible for us to finish our film (est. by June, 2012), and share it with the world.
We hope "A Third Way" will also be a big help to our characters, getting them recognition for their work together.
When finished, we'll take our film on the road, to screenings in Israel and Palestine, as well as of course the United States and elsewhere. If we can get support from progressive organizations in the States, our plan is to bring one or two of our characters to lead discussions at screenings. Any extra money we raise will go towards outreach after our film is finished. Thanks in advance for helping us tell the story of truly courageous people here in a land that is a home for two peoples.
This is a recent scene with Rabbi Froman:
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing way to raise money for creative projects. People choose a size donation, and get a reward. (To donate or send us a message, you'll have to start a Kickstarter account, takes less than a minute. And by the way, if you want several different rewards, then just donate at least the sum of the minimum amount for all the awards you want, and write us a message telling us exactly which awards you want in your order. No problem!)
We've set a fundraising goal ($7000) and a deadline by which we need to meet it. The trick is that if we don't reach our goal by this deadline, we don't get any of the funds that our supporters have pledged. Help us avoid that!
On the bright side, we can go over our goal (and that would be great). EVERY donation helps to make "A Third Way" possible, and contributes to the world hearing about these brave people!
Please consider spreading the word about "A Third Way": below the video above, you can "Like" it on Facebook, Tweet about it, or embed the video into your own blog or website. Send the link to your email list. It's a word of mouth campaign - every bit of sharing with your friends and family helps. The more you can help us find new folks, the closer we are to making our campaign a success. Shukran/toda! (and we appreciate all comments and answer all queries)
NOTE: Most of our rewards will ship from Israel, and so pledge amounts include all international shipping/handing costs.
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