To Banish The darkness

Israel, 2005, Documentry, 90 min.


The year is 1999. The peace process is at its peak. An experimental group of Educators from different ethnic communities in Israel - micro-cosmos of Israeli Society - in which the fives women are involved, starts to work together on a "different" educational book on common citizenship for all communities without ethnic, religious, and communal differences (based on personal stories of the participants)

Already at the beginning of the workshop, the dialogues tend to go in the direction of the "Jewish - Palestinian conflict", and Rebecca, the Ethiopian, protests: "We are dealing with dual culturalism and not with multi culturalism."

And indeed, from the moment that Aziza, the Arab woman, expresses her feelings about two pictures of "A deserted house" and "A soldiery roll-call", which two Jewish teachers also picked out, the drama erupts in the group. The first photo reminds Aziza of the houses the Arabs had to abandon in 48, and the second photo reminds her of the Israeli soldiers. For the two Jewish teachers the photos evoke the Jewish houses which were abandoned by the Jews in Poland and the German army during the Second World War.

From that moment on Rebecca and other participants are pushed out of the picture, the "Jewish-Palestinian conflict" occupy the whole stage, seen through the eyes of the Arab tragedy; The 'Naquba', and the Jewish tragedy; The 'Shoah'.

After a year, in July 2000, the group is filmed again, and the same drama repeats itself.

[In September, the Intiphada "El Akza" breaks out. And in October, during a rally in an Arab town, the police kills 13 Arab citizens. The Barak government falls, the peace process ends, the Likud party takes control, and the Israeli army goes back to Gaza and the Palestinian towns. Terror attacks resume in the streets]

Three years later, in Hannuka 2002, the group meets again. The tone of the dialogue has changed. The words "faith" and "insanity" are in the air. Where is hope buried? "Not in force" says Marzuk. "Hope can be found where there is distress, confusion and then questions".

What are the forces which unite and separate Israeli society? Is there a chance for a rich and diverse collaboration between the different ethnic communities? Or are we in the midst of the process of becoming a society? Would the Jews who live in Israel be able, at any point, to have a dialogue with the Arab natives without being occupied by the "Shoah"? Is it possible? And would the Arabs be able to accept our presence here, giving up on their dream to throw us out of here?

The film does not suggest solutions. It merely introduces the state of affairs and leaves for the spectator material for thought.

M.G.Rehearsals for Departure
To Be An Isreali Woman
To Banish The Darkness
Shoah (Editor)

Produced By

Lora Productions
Noga Tikshoret Channel 8


Ziva Postec

Written & Directed By

Ziva Postec


Yair Elazar


Eitan Harris


Amos Tzipori
Yoav Shamir

Sound Edit

Rami Grafman


Sarah Postec


Aziza Diab–Edris
Lea Sklar
Rebecca Tegave-Barihun
Yona Kligwasser
Yona Katzir
Amos Harpaz
Hava Lotan
Sohail Hage
Regina Bergin
Nehama Shani
Sufian Kaba’ah
Salim Antur
Tikva Keren
Naomi Samuel
Hana Ben Harosh
Mihale Barkan
Mihale Fox
Rabbi Arik Semadja
Marzuk Halabi


Sara Shoam
& Shmulik Kovalsky

Supported By

The Rabinowitch Foundation