PICKED: We All Good People
By Maria Popova
The greatest tragedy of ethnic conflict is that its ingroup-outgroup economy creates abstract others, stripping people of their inherent humanity and lumping them into a faceless, almost inanimate cohort so much easier to deny empathy to. The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of modernity’s greatest and longest-running conflicts, devastating and disrupting millions of lives with intolerance and a consistently high level of violence since the 1940s.
From filmmaker and photographer Grant Slater comes a wonderful effort to peel away at the complex and multifaceted points of tension surrounding the conflict and instead reveal the raw humanity of the people involved. We All Good People is a poetic two–part short film exploring that human tenderness.
The lovely music, a true cherry on top, comes from Jerusalem-based band Jack In The Box, composed of Itay Shani, Ori Alboher, Itamar Toussia Cohen and vocalist Yael Birnbaum.
For a richer look at the Israel-Palestine conflict, we recommend Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East — a fascinating adaptation of Tolan’s 1998 NPR documentary, revealing the deeply human scale of the conflict through the intertwined lives of a Palestinian refugee named Bashir Al-Khairi and a Jewish settler named Dalia Eshkenazi Landau.
Published October 27, 2010