CHILDREN OF PEACE
dir. Maayan Szwartz, Israel, 2022, 67 min
Story of the children who were brought up in a utopian social experiment where Palestinians and Israelis chose to live together in co-existence. "Oasis of peace" explores what remains of that dream today.
Arabs and Jews have lived in ongoing conflict for over a century. A group of dreamers decided to challenge everything they know about their nationalities and histories and founded Neve Shalom - Oasis of Peace - a village in 1970s Israel designed as a social experiment. The film follows the many children who were brought up in this unique environment. In this bold attempt to raise a new generation their internal struggles and the outside conflict challenged their revolutionary ecosystem. The children of peace are now grown men and women dealing with the harsh reality of political turmoil, war and societal segregation. “Deep in our hearts we must have known that there is a dark truth outside this village, and that it will inevitably penetrate our lives, our relationships and our individual identities” says director Maayan Schwartz.