Precious Life

Precious Life  {Chaim yakarim}
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Precious Life
Chaim yakarim
Israel, 2010, 90 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA
Topics: Documentary, History, Jewish Interest, Middle East, Political, Religion, War
Programs: Best of the Fest, True Stories
Language: Hebrew English Sub-Titles

Set against the backdrop of Israel's 2008-09 blockade of Gaza and its military offensive there, Israeli television correspondent Shlomi Eldar's personal, provocative documentary offers a feast for debate and is a potential documentary Academy Award nominee. The film begins with a Palestinian infant being treated for a rare immune disorder at an Israeli hospital; Eldar, who narrates throughout, lets the ironies and paradoxes develop from there, as a bigger picture emerges of the dynamics of the contemporary Middle East.

A likeable surgeon requests Eldar’s help to raise the $55,000 necessary to perform a critically needed bone marrow transplant on the ill baby. After Eldar's report airs, a generous donor contributes the entire amount, and Eldar decides to focus his camera on baby Muhammad and his religiously observant parents, Ra'ida and Faozi Abu Mustaffa, and their experience in the hospital. Documenting the staff's sincere care for both Jew and Arab, Eldar suggests hospitals are one of the places where the peace process could take shape. However, during the long weeks of waiting to see if the bone marrow transplant will work, Eldar provokes some drama of his own when he pushes Ra'ida into a conversation about life, death and martyrdom, and doesn’t like what he hears.

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DIRECTOR: Shlomi Eldar
Producer: Ehud Bleiberg, Yoav Ze'evi
Editor: Dror Reshef
Cinematographer: Shlomi Eldar
Music: Yehuda Poliker
Principal Cast: Narrator: Shlomi Eldar
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Bleiberg Entertainment -

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