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Promises Review


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In the thought-provoking Promises, a stirring documentary about the lives of seven Palestinian and Israeli children in the midst of their war-torn environment, filmmakers B.Z. Goldberg and the husband-wife tandem of Justine Shapiro and Carlos Bolado provide a child's account of the atrocities that invade their innocent, youthful lives. This is a raw and disturbing tale that took five years to make, and the trio's absorbing narrative is a heart-wrenching showcase indeed.

What is so remarkable and unsettling about the Goldberg-Shapiro-Bolado project is that the audience gains a unique perspective regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and their never-ending war over the West Bank. We know the bitter fighting is a way of life for adults but to view how this impacts the children from both sides adds a whole new psychological spin. For example, we come across wide-eyed brothers Yarko and Faraj, who casually mention how they try to decide which bus to ride to school for fear that if they get on the wrong one, their lives may be ended.

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Oil On Ice Review


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During his 1988 campaign for president, George H.W. Bush made a campaign promise to open a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) to new oil drilling. But just two months into his single term, an Exxon tanker called Valdez smacked into a reef and dumped somewhere north of 11 million gallons of crude onto the Alaskan coast. ANWR was, for the time being, safe from giant drills.

When the next oilman named Bush arrived in Washington 12 years later, ANWR was back on the political table, touted as the greatest boon to support American energy independence. To allay environmental fears, the energy industry spun extraction as non-invasive to native species, and even Alaska's elected representatives dismissed the ecology of ANWR as little more than lifeless white space.

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