Canada / 2013 / 101mins
Directed by Ed Kucerak
US Premiere / Narrated by Marisa Tomei
Followed by a panel discussion with the director, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams (Nobel Women’s Initiative) and women’s media activist Jaclyn Friedman (WAM!).
In Partners for Peace we travel to communities in Israel and Palestine with a delegation of 13 women who have come together, under the leadership of Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Mairead Maguire. Their common purpose is to learn about the conflict and to explore how they may support the often invisible work of Israeli and Palestinian women, who are working to advance peace. An unflinching documentary that spotlights strong-minded women and that is ultimately about engaging in discussions and about seeking answers.
Partners for Peace offers a rare window on the work of women at the grassroots in Israel and Palestine, doing the hard, often invisible and unreported work of building peace. Their efforts play outside governmental and international peace efforts, sharply contrasting and challenging those efforts by revealing the injustices of the current situation and bridging common ground between Israelis and Palestinians. Jaclyn, who sees great hope in the work of these women says, “These are women with ideas about how to get out of this mess . .. in reality there are almost infinite partners for peace, we’re just not asking the right people to the table.
Director Ed Kucerak has been producing and directing documentaries and television programs for over two decades. Founder of Kublacom Pictures, an Ottawa, Canada based independent film and television production company, his productions have been broadcasted on television and featured in film festivals in Canada, the United States and around the world. Ed’s directed documentaries in addition to Partners for Peace include How Can a Boy, (2012), This is My Witness, (2011), and One of the Last (2007). He is also producer of the documentaries Seeking Wadad (2014), Derrickman (2005) and The Secret Lives of Butterflies (2003). Ed is an active member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and Ottawa’s SAW Media Art Centre. Partners for Peace is his fourth directed documentary film.