In the Land of Pomegranates

Dir. Hava Kohav Beller | 124 min
Documentary Israel 2017
HebrewArabic with English subtitles

Presented as part of Jewish Identity Through Film: Screenings and Dialogues led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Hava Kohav Beller’s In the Land of Pomegranates is a suspenseful, multi-layered documentary centered on a group of young people born into a violent and insidious ongoing war.

They are young Palestinians and Israelis invited to Germany to join a retreat called ‘Vacation from War’ where they live under the same roof and face each other every day.

Followed by a conversation led by Professor Amitai Etzioni. 

“Reveals the difficulties in forging such give and takes [and Israeli-Palestinian dialogue]. It leads one to wonder how can one build bridges between the two people?” – Professor Amitai Etzioni


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After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House from 1979-1980. In 1980, Dr. Etzioni was named the first University Professor at The George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the “guru” of the communitarian movement.

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This event finished on November 4, 2019.