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Wrestling Jerusalem

A Commentary by Father John Pawlikowski,  O.S.M., Ph.D  
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Earlier today I took part in a private screening of a new film  titled WRESTLING JERUSALEM.  It is based on a one person play (the marvelous actor was present for a post-film discussion) which had a four week, sold out off-Broadway run.  It is one of the most powerful films I have ever seen as it explores a wide variety of Jewish and Palestinian perspectives on Jerusalem. 

While it isintended in a special way for Jewish audiences it is also very well suited for discussions among Jews, Palestinians and anyone else committed to reconciliation in Israel/Palestine.  It has even been used with corporate executives in achieving reconciliation in a business setting.  For use in schools there is a study guide available.  It runs some 90 intense minutes.  One of its unique features focuses on the role of trauma in the perpetuation of political conflict. 

I think it deserves Oscar nomination.  As I know from being in a film that won a Tribeca Film Festival Award and was subsequently nominated for an Oscar that such recognition opens the doors to widespread distribution which this film deserves.