IN THE LAND OF POMEGRANATES – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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LAND OF POMEGRAATES POSTERSince Jared Kushner still hasn’t fixed the Middle East, perhaps we need to look elsewhere. Like right in the midst of the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict itself. Oscar-nominated documentarian Hava Kohav Beller’s In the Land of Pomegranates takes us inside an extraordinary program called “Vacation from War,” which each year brings groups of young Israelis and Palestinians together in Germany to discuss their perspectives on the strife they live with, to see if there’s any common ground to be found. And it’s difficult, in fact, to feel that there might be: despite clear efforts to remain calm when hashing out hugely contentious topics, from terrorism to whose side God is on, all the passion and conviction of the participants seems to end up dedicated to clinging to the preconceptions they arrived with. Continue reading…

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