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Joint Israeli-Palestinian-German Television Co-production Supported by UNESCO

03-12-2004 (Paris)
For the first time ever, Israeli Channel 2 (Keshet TV) and the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, the official Palestinian Channel have broadcast the same television programme at the same time. On Wednesday evening, 24 November 2004 the two broadcasters showed the UNESCO supported documentary “On the Road to Dialogue”.
The documentary is the first ever co-production between the official Palestinian TV and an Israeli channel. The film has been produced by a joint Israeli-Palestinian team of journalists and technicians with the support of the German public broadcaster, ARD. It was sponsored by UNESCO through its Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace Division and coordinated by Carol Daniel Kasbari from UNESCO’s Israeli/Palestine Media Forum, which is developing UNESCO’s media dialogue projects in the region.

The film shows that the road to dialogue is long and difficult and that one will never get there without trying to understand the other side. Thus the Israeli director, Yoram Binour, has been in charge of telling the story of the Palestinians in the West Bank, while the Palestinian director, Salwa Abu Libdeh tells the story from Israel. The documentary is in itself a road movie. The crew travelled from one village to another where they interviewed every-day people voicing their hopes, ideas, stereotypes, fears and dreams about the future.

The two directors and the technicians worked on the documentary side by side in Israel and the West Bank, supporting each other's work in often very difficult situations. It is thus also a story about the fact that cooperation and trust building between the two peoples is indeed possible whilst working together for the same objective.

The broadcasting of this documentary successfully completes a long and difficult process that was initiated already in 2002. It is the hope of UNESCO and the production team that having Israeli and Palestian citizens viewing this film simultaneously just now might contribute to finding the Road to Dialogue in the region.
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