A film by Alice Rothchild and Sharon Mullally, Voices Across the Divide is a powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, Voices Across the Divide follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.
In a recent article from the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Voices Across the Divide is praised and discussed.
“History is told by the people who win the wars,” Rothchild said. “It’s not told by the people who lose. How many years did it take for us to learn about Native Americans and Japanese internment? A long time — the same is true for this history.”
As a Jew, Rothchild knows many Jews don’t want to hear the Palestinian story and to bear witness that the once-victims are victimizing others.
“It means owning our responsibility,” Rothchild said. “Once you own responsibility, you have to deal with some type of restorative justice. You have to say I’m sorry. You have to compensate people, and you cannot do that until you face the original truth of the original history.”
Upcoming screenings of Voices include:
Congregation Tikkun v’Or, May 2, 2014, 7:30 pm, candle lighting and short service followed by film screening, 2550 N Triphammer Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850, Q&A with director
Cinemapolis, May 4, 2014, 2:00 pm, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca, New York 14850, Q&A with Director. Tickets
Arlington International Film Festival, May 30, 2014, 7:00 pm, Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA, Q&A with director
World Fellowship Center, August 3, 2014, 10:00 am, 368 Drake Hill Road, Albany NH 03818
Palestine Film Festival at the Red River Theater, October 5, 2014, 2:00 pm, 11 S. Main Street, Suite L1-1, Concord, NH 03301, Q&A with director