This movie is probably the only movie I watched that deals with the Israeli Palestinian conflict that completely changed the way I view this ongoing conflict. The first time I watched the movie was in a Middle East class back in 2002 (It was also the best none business class I have ever taken). The class dealt with politics in the Middle East, including Israel ( some people don’t consider Israel to be part of the Middle East), and covered many fascinating topics that I wasn’t aware of prior to taking the class.
What was amazing about the class is that for the first time in my life I had the chance to meet, and converse, with people from all over the Middle East (Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Yemen) . It was enlightening to see how biased we all were toward the conflict, and how “shaped ” and closed our minds were. Every time we will get into an argument over an issue (mainly Israel vs. Palestine), we presented enormous amount of data that we collected over the years. We all had a different perspective about the conflict, and we all thought we had the true answer.
All of us were lucky to have a brilliant professor that in a very socratic way managed to make us understand each other better. Half way into the semester we all turned from “enemies” to best friends!
The movie “Promises” was watched during the class, and was the last brick put in the process of building our friendship and trust.