An age-old conflict at the heart of the world continues to fester. While many in America are keenly aware of the ebb and flow of peace and war surrounding Israel and Palestinians, many are not. The events of 9/11/02 and the Iraq war have given cause for more Americans to look toward the Middle East with greater concern and interest in understanding this conflict which seems to be sending ripples of tension all the way to the shores of North America.
"Another Road Home" is one Israeli/American woman's journey (in spirit and in person) back to her homeland of Israel. Though she eventually travels back geography, this story is really about family and friendship ties. Specially, filmmaker Danae Elon, now in New York, decides to reunite with the Palestinian man hired by her parents to raise her during her first two decades of life.
Her father, a journalist and renowned author on the subject of the Israel/Palestine conflict, is open-minded to political discussion, but very timid when it comes to matters of the heart. Musa, Danae's surrogate Palestinian father/nanny, speaks of friendship and love with greater speed.
American news summarizes the conflicts into bombings, what we never see is the interaction of ordinary people. This film brings such real life to light. Though, at times a bit incomplete, this documentary is still quite endearing, engaging and extremely educational in matters of politics and heart.
I screened the production with a couple of friends -- a Palestinian (now living in the States) and a New York born and bread American of Jewish persuasion.
We discussed the film for nearly an hour afterwards. Here are the highlights:
My Palestinian friend was quick to emphasis the point that it's the big guys that wage the war. The regular citizens, the Palestinians and the Israelis just want to live in peace. They want to work and play together... that is all.
My East Coast friend of Jewish persuasion felt that Danae's father, though impressive and eloquent, was surprisingly too quick to lose hope in a peaceful resolution to the conflict.