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Three Israelis. Three Palestinians. A Year in the West Bank.
123 backers pledged $20,100 to help bring this project to life.

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THANKS TO EVERYONE, WE HAVE MADE OUR GOAL AS OF 9:20 PM MARCH 27. 

GONG FORWARD, PLEASE CHECK OUR PROGRESS/CONTACT US AT WWW.HOLYLANDFILM.COM AND DIRECT ANY DONATIONS TO OUR FISCAL SPONSOR, FRACTURED ATLAS:  http://bit.ly/YFou1p

THE PROJECT:  "Holy Land" follows three Israelis and three Palestinians in the West Bank.    They come from across the religious and political spectrum, on both sides.   They're all idealists, struggling at great personal cost for what they believe in.

We don't advocate solutions; we are non-partisan and independent. 

The film is almost finished -- we recently wrapped a year and a half of filming.  We're now asking for your support to help complete post production.

WHY WE NEED TO FINISH NOW:   Israel, the West Bank and the Middle East are in a critical time.  We believe it's also a hopeful time for resuming the peace process, and we want the film to be part of that process.  "Holy Land" can reach and inspire a wide audience across the usual divides.

WHO WE ARE:   A team of American, Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers are creating the film.   Peter Cohn, the NYC-based producer/director, has made three previous films, and has a strong track record in producing social issue documentaries.

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED:   All proceeds will go to the editors and to cover the costs of audio and video post production.  Meeting our $20,000 target will fund a "rough cut" of the film. 

UPDATES: Jerusalem Post Covers Holy Land! http://bit.ly/WwAV16
The Journal News (Westchester/Rockland) Covers Us: http://lohud.us/15k5eGH

Scroll below to see: more about the rewards, more about us, a synopsis of the film and use of the funds.

YOUR REWARDS:   Every pledge counts, from $10 to $10,000.  For $25, you can be on the list of first people to see the film.  We're particularly proud of our Heaven's Field olive oil, which comes from a West Bank farm tended jointly by Israelis and Palestinians.  You can also reward  yourself with t-shirts, DVDs and even an "in the steps of the film"  tour of the West Bank. 

HEAVEN'S FIELD OLIVE OIL

Heaven's Field olive oil, made by people who love peace.
Heaven's Field olive oil, made by people who love peace.

A group of Israeli settlers and Palestinians have come together to jointly cultivate a beautiful farm near Bethlehem, in the West Bank.   From olive trees on the farm, they are producing 100% organic, cold pressed olive oil.   This olive oil is not available anywhere else.

THE T-SHIRT: SHALOM = SALAM  (Peace = Peace)
Conceived in Berlin, made in New York, true everywhere.
Conceived in Berlin, made in New York, true everywhere.

More About Us

Director/producer.  Peter Cohn is a New York based director and producer.His most recent film is "Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America."His theatrical feature "Drunks" premiered at Sundance and was aired on Showtime, and is going to have a re-release on commercial streaming services in fall, 2012.His first documentary, "Golden Venture," premiered at Tribeca.

Director of Photography.  Jerusalem-based Tal Pesses is a recent graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. He has shot three documentary features and directed three short films of his own.

Line Producer.   Jerusalem-based Alon Tuval has produced for television news, feature films and documentaries. He has worked with The Boston Globe and the BBC and other international news organizations.

Editor, Co-producer.  Babak Rassi is  professor of film at the City College of New York.  His credits include “My Best Day” (Sundance, 2012), “Searching for Paladin,” and the documentary “Varian and Putzi: A 20th Century Tale.”

Outreach Director.   Fivel Rothberg's short documentary “House Devil, Street Angel” addresses masculinity, fatherhood and abuse. His viral video “Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street” received over 310,000 views on YouTube and has been used by feminist groups across the globe.

MORE ABOUT THE FILM

"Holy Land" takes us into the often-threatening world of the West Bank, where 350,000 Israeli settlers live in 120 settlements among 2.9 million Palestinians. The film intimately portrays Israelis and Palestinians who are passionate, eloquent and politically active, all living in a state of constant danger. They share a landscape that is often stark, sometime full of life, sweeping and deep. The film is cinema verité, shot mostly handheld, allowing up close engagement in the tense, often violent, confrontations that mark the daily reality of the conflict.

THE SIX CHARACTERS

Our Palestinian characters reflect a basic divide in Palestinian society between fundamentalism and secularism.

NASRI SABARNA is the progressive, secular mayor of Beit Ummar, a town in the conservative, religious area near Hebron. Despite local traditions, he is an advocate for women's rights and has run a municipality praised for its transparency and lack of corruption.

HAMAS is the Islamist Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The US, Israel and many Western countries condemn Hamas as a terrorist group. The film follows three members of Hamas, the first two of whom depart the scene unexpectedly. Each of the Hamas-affiliated characters were elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in 2006. The PLC met only a few times before many of its members were arrested.

MOHAMMAD TAMIMI is a young social networker and media activist deeply engaged in the cross-national Arab Spring, a leader of the weekly protests in Nabi Saleh, a village near Ramallah.

The Israeli characters also reflect the divide between religious and, but also reveal conflicts even within the religious world.

AARON KATSOF is an LA-born Orthodox religious Zionist, who lives in the remote settler outpost of Esh Kodesh with his wife and four children.

HAGIT OFRAN is a secular left wing activist from an Orthodox family: as a leader of the anti-settlement forces in Israel, she is the worst enemy of settlers such as Katsof.

RABBI MENACHEM FROMAN defies categorization: he is a modern Chasidic rabbi, a founder of the settler movement, and an outspoken supporter of religious reconciliation, dialog with Hamas and a two-state solution.   Rabbi Froman died March 4, 2013.

Risks and challenges

There are two major risks; not being able to finished, and not being able to distribute.

1. The project funding goal alone is not enough to complete editing and post production. The total completion budget is considerably higher, and funding the rest of the project will depend on other sources or on significantly exceeding our $25,000 Kickstarter goal.

2. Film distribution is a risky business. There's no guarantee that the film will be licensed for TV broadcast. Outreach plans will not succeed if critics don't like the film or if it is not embraced by its intended constituencies. The impact of films that are created to "engage audiences and inspire them to become involved" is difficult to measure, and if outreach campaigns are not supported with sufficient resources, impact is difficult to achieve.

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    You will experience ENLIGHTENMENT and be among the first people on the planet to see Holy Land. We'll send you a link to stream the film online right after we complete the film! + Immortality.

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    You will ASCEND TO HEAVEN because you will have a bottle of olive oil from a small West Bank farm jointly tended by Israeli settlers and Palestinians. Heaven's Field olive oil is produced by a group of peace seekers, from both sides, who were inspired by Rabbi Menachem Fruman, one of the main subjects of "Holy land." The olive oil is 100% organic, cold pressed and fresh. It's not available anywhere else. +Stream and Immortality!

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    You will wear an inspiring work of art, OUR SHALOM = SALAM T-SHIRT. Yes, PEACE (in Hebrew) = PEACE (in Arabic), and you'll have the 100% cotton chance to say so. The T-shirt was conceived by Nu Sarche, a working mom and artist who lives in Berlin. + Stream and Immortality!

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    You will find ILLUMINATION as you become the lucky recipient of the DVD box set of director Peter Cohn's films. They include "Drunks," starring Dianne Wiest, Faye Dunaway and Richard Lewis, as well his his documentaries "Golden Venture" (about immigrants from China) and "Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America." + Stream and immortality!

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    You will enjoy an unforgettable evening of FINE FOOD AND CONVERSATION when you have dinner with director/producer Peter Cohn in New York City (transportation and lodging not included). Suggested dinner topic: Is Objectivity Possible in Film Making? (To make tax deductible contributions, please contact us at israeldocfilm@gmail.com)

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    You will WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HOLY LAND as you take a three-day tour of the West Bank. The journey will take to you to many of our locations where you'll meet some of the Israelis and Palestinians featured in the film. An amazing three-day tour in a fully rigged SUV, and a chance to meet some of the fascinating subjects of the film. Your guides will include a seasoned professional line producer and some of the filmmakers behind the film. Includes two nights accommodation. Design your own itinerary with the film's director and producers. Price is per person, with pickup in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. (To make tax deductible contributions, please contact us at israeldocfilm@gmail.com)

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