by Victor Carpentier
The link to the film is at the bottom.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most controversial subjects in the world but media generally approach it from a geopolitical point of view, without considering sufficiently the reality of human relationships in this region.
The wall of shame, the checkpoints, the settlements, occupation, historical manipulation... All these things exist today, such a status quo, with no vision for better days, nor a dream of a prosperity for the young Palestinians’ future. Only hatred or indifference remains. Youth is the key, because they are evolving, and their thirst for life is intact. The young generation has the power to place it thirst beyond conflicts, whose reasons are sometimes obscure.
“The youth are happy because they have the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
Young Israelis as young Palestinians carry on their shoulders the future dialogues and further decisions. Born in conflict, sometimes lost between their roots and fuzzy perspectives, the duty of memory becomes all important. The knowledge of the past enables discernment. And in the bitter and difficult current context, discernment may be the basis of future dialogue.
Questioning the past is the first step to move back: young people must know where they came from to know where they are going to, and getting distance from themselves allows understanding the other. This film attempts to assess how youth seek the truth in this area.
“Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it.”
Romain Rolland, Above the Battle
Abu Gosh, Bethleem, Hebron, Be'er Sheva, Kafr Bara, Givat Haviva, Haifa, Nazareth, Beit She'an, Jenin, Ramallah, Jerusalem… Many places of memory, where blindness, resignation, despair and hatred are converging. Many places where, as interns of Palestine-Israel Journal, we went to seek this memory of the past, pedestal for the future dialogue.
By interviewing local young people on what they know about their common past, their present lives and their personal hope for the future we want to give the speech to future actors, and find in them the seeds of what might become one day the protagonists of the conflict’s dialogues.
We needed to go back to the source.
Alban du Boisguéheneuc / Victor Carpentier/ Yukie Saruta
Youth Memory: Prospects for Future Dialogue - A filmed journey around Palestine and Israelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4uoJjWsWVc