• Production: kNow Productions, Priddy Brothers, HBO Documentary
  • Starring: Abigail Levy, Abu al Akhras, Um Samir al-Akhras
  • Written By: Hilla Medalia
  • Distributed By: Dragoman Films, Priddy Brothers
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English

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To Die in Jerusalem

DocumentaryOther | 2007 | 75 min.
Directed by: Hilla Medalia

Ever since seventeen-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has never found peace. Levy's killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also seventeen, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away. The two young women looked unbelievably alike. To Die In Jerusalem unabashedly explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families, cluminating in an emotionally charged meeting between the mothers of the girls--reflecting the conflict as seen through their eyes. But some emotional chasms are too large to cross.

See more about To Die in Jerusalem at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Progamming:
*Special Mention

News and Documentary Emmy Awards:
*Best Documentary
*Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound
*Outstanding Informational Programming-Long Form

Peabody Award

Jewish Motifs Warsaw Films:
*Audience Award for Best Documentary

"To Die in Jerusalem is a film about an ancient and enduring conflict embodied by two heart-broken mothers and two lives cut tragically short. It leaves viewers moved and frustrated and anxious for change."
--Chritianity Today

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