Can You Hear Me (2007)
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Directed by Lilly Rivlin & narrated by Debra Winger, Can You Hear Me? looks at several Israeli women’s groups committed to the co-existence of Israel and Palestine, focusing on two individuals on opposite sides in the peace movement. Leah Shakdiel is a Jewish civic leader dedicated as much to Zionism as she is to working with Palestinian activists toward a lasting peace. Maha Abu Dayyah is a Christian Palestinian who has committed her life to improving the welfare of Palestinians while reaching out to Israeli women to find a solution for both sides. Another focus of the film is “Women in Black,” an activist group that has gathered every Friday since 1988 on street corners in Israeli cities to carry signs protesting Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories. This has remained an open wound on both sides since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Rivlin’s film reveals the passion of these women and their relentless pursuit of peace despite the overwhelming odds that they face. Their story is a beacon for hope, not only in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also in conflicts throughout the world.
(51 min. ).
(51 min. ).