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  • Summary: A documentary about the tragedy of the Israeli occupation, focusing on an alternative education system and theatre group developed by a woman from a Zionist family who is married to a Palestinian Arab.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Must-see docu penetrates a Jenin refugee camp to follow several Palestinian children from laughing little kids in a theater group to grim actors on a grislier world stage.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    In the end, the film is both a fitting elegy for Arna and the children she tried to help and a deeply disturbing warning about what will continue to breed within the occupied territories until peace is brought to Palestine.
  4. 75
    The documentary takes no sides, but its bleak message is all too clear.
  5. Reviewed by: David Blaylock
    70
    Refreshing and depressing.
  6. In contrast to the clueless media cliches about suicide bombers, this offers a comprehensive and comprehending portrait of what helps to produce them.
  7. Has the makings of a great documentary, but a subject as complex as this demands greater rigor, deeper intelligence and a sense of dialectics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8