In this time of pandemic and lockdown, the scenario for actualizing this mission is a crowd sourced participatory documentary production. As designed, our twelve-session exploration, with 12 participants, will examine the past, present and future of the region in real time. The goal, to put this on-going conflict into a human context; to facilitate an understanding of the issues at hand and build a foundation upon which to find the viable resolution scenario.
Weekly, each recorded 90-minute session will be segmented into three distinct sections: participant presentations of project-directed research; the screening of expressly edited video from Israel/Palestine; and an in-depth discussion of the specific topic areas at hand. All led by a respected known journalist, hosting the sessions and directing the conversation from an informal studio setting where monitors will be arranged in a manner where participants will appear to be facing each other, rather than on a video “flat surface.
The foundation for this project is built out of 80 hours of background footage produced by the We All Live in Palestine collaborative team over the past dozen years inside Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, the U.S., Turkey, Germany and Eastern Europe.
Specifically, from this video material twelve 8-10 minute chapters will be distilled, all to be used to begin the taped discussions and dialogues around the specific Palestinian/Israeli issues at hand. With topics ranging from Ethnic Identity, to the Holocaust, to Allocation of Natural Resources, to Protest Tactics, over the course of a four-month production cycle it is anticipated approximately 120 hours of new footage will be collected.
Participants in this exploration will be carefully selected to bring a diverse set of experiences to the table. It is the project’s goal to include recognizable individuals in their fields of endeavor, including politicians, academics, journalists, activists, artists, along with Israelis and Palestinians directly affected.
Each participant will be guided to the best technical practices for their online presentations and, if needed, appropriate cameras, microphones and lighting hardware will be provided. From these weekly online sessions a final presentation will emerge, addressed to all parties to the conflict, defining the conflict and articulating recommendations for moving forward toward a final resolution.