#elogoogo project – Almost friendsMonica
Two girls meet online through an educational project. Samar, 12, has an Arab Israeli mother and a Palestinian father from the occupied Territories. She lives in Lod, a mixed city marred by poverty and crime. Linor, 11, was born in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip but now lives in Tlamim, a religious settlement in a vast national, cultural and ideological abyss. As participants in a program combining to-face adds an exciting, tense and often surprising component to the girls’ lives, sweeping them and their families into a profound and complex experience.
Food for thought…
The documentary tells a simple story, yet it includes large political and emotional insights. It’s a personal story, told through the simplicity of these children’s lives, however, we do see them grow up just a little as they form their views on these new issues on race, prejudice, friendship, and humanity that has entered their lives. Despite the on-screen happiness, it’s a story tinged with sadness, due to the perpetuating discrimination that is unfortunately evident in the culture. This film has been produced to bring viewers through an emotional experience of a political debate, one that has strong humanist values and one that will hopefully shift people’s opinions to be more inclusive towards others.
As always, don’t forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Let’s unite and #establishties.