The Palestinian Kids Crossing A War Zone To Get To School

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Secret Hebron: The School Run (2003) (Donna Baillie) – Palestinian children in Hebron regularly risk being attacked by Israeli soldiers as they try to go school.

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The subject matter of this documentary was the struggle of Palestinian children in the West Bank city of Hebron to get to school safely. They were regularly prevented from going to school by Israeli soldiers, and had resorted to scrabbling across the roofs of the old city as they were not allowed to use the ‘Israeli-only’ streets below. The only way to film their inevitable encounters with soldiers was to use a hidden camera.

Broadcasts: Prime time broadcasts on: A&E Mundo/The History Channel across Latin America; VRT Belgium; excerpts shown by Channel 5 News in the UK.

Festivals: Voices from Palestine Film Festival, Washington D.C. 2008; New Orleans International Film Festival 2005; 9th Annual Arab Film Festival, San Francisco 2005; European Social Forum, London 2004.

Awards: This film was nominated for a Rory Peck Features Award in 2003.

2006 Update: Clips from Secret Hebron were requested by the Christian Peacemaker Teams to aid in the release of the CPT hostages in Iraq. The clips showed the positive work done by this organisation in Hebron and were sent to Arabic Television stations across the Middle East.

“Uncovers what seems to be a secret kept from the world, in spite of the amount of press given to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.’ – Al Jadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts (USA)

“Poignant, timely…important…a riveting documentary with the feel of an undercover exposé.” – School Library Journal (USA)

Donna Baillie – Ref 1547

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