Lessons in Fear
(52 minutes) Israel/Palestine
Director/Producer: James Cullingham
Does the solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians rest
in the classroom rather than in the angry, fearful streets of the region?
Can better answers be found in schools rather than political conferences?
Lessons in Fear explores Israeli and Palestinian education from
the ground up. In a media world obsessed with conflict, Lessons in Fear
takes a humanized, behind-the-scenes look at how ordinary kids are educated
in one of the world's trouble spots. The film looks carefully at the lives
of students and teachers, who find themselves on the front lines intellectually
and physically. Their battleground is one of knowledge and self-examination.
Their challenges are a deeply engrained culture of violence, the denial
of history and legacies of hatred, propaganda and segregation. Lessons
in Fear is not a litany of wrongs. The film is a character driven
portrait of courage in action as it presents an unvarnished look at the
struggle to make education a positive force in Israel and the Palestinian
James Cullingham is an educator, award-winning documentary filmmaker,
a widely published writer, and seasoned national broadcaster. Cullingham
is coordinator and a professor in the Journalism Broadcast program at
the School of Communication Arts of Seneca College in Toronto. His documentaries
concerning social justice, politics, history, and popular culture have
been screened around the world. Cullingham has been published by Canada's
leading newspapers and magazines. He appears as a guest on a number of
Canadian public affairs and cultural television programs. In 2003-2005,
Cullingham earned a Masters degree in history at the University of Toronto.
He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in history at Toronto's York
University Ontario with an Honor's Degree in Native Studies and French.
He is an accomplished wilderness canoeist and avid hiker.
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©2006 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
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