One Wish for Iran, Love Israel
"One Wish for Iran, Love Israel" Proposes New Beginnings
Yasmine Hafiz August 2013
What do Israelis want for Iranians? Three American filmmakers, Joseph Shamash, Andrew Lustig and Jeff Handel, asked people on the streets of Jerusalem what they would wish Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani if they had the chance, and the responses were strikingly human.
People responded in Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi, and though the wishes ranged from personal to political, they all came from a place of social concern and compassion...
What do Israelis Wish for Iranians?
Elisheva Goldberg August 2013
Hassan Rouhani was sworn in yesterday as president of Iran. He was to be Iran's moderate president, reflecting public sentiment to avoid the bombast of the erstwhile Ahmadinejad. But on Friday, al-Quds Day, he said "there is a sore that has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years," presumably referring to Israel.
Joseph Shamash, a friend and Farsi-speaking Iranian Jew from L.A., along with his team of dreamers, posted a video in anticipation of all of this. They called it "One Wish for Iran, Love Israel" and it takes the viewer through a poetic hope for human connection between the two peoples, reminding us that in both countries there are subways, families, and daily coffee drinkers...
What do Israelis really wish for Iran's president?
Eliora Katz September 2013
Imagine a man with a Dali-esque moustache roaming around the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, shoving a photo of Iranian President Hassan Rohani into the faces of passersby, and asking "Do you know this man?"
That is what Joseph Shamash did for his latest online shortumentary, "One Wish for Iran, Love Israel." Shamash, an Iranian Jew who lives in Los Angeles, asked Israelis and Palestinians to express one wish for Rohani, in the hope of “initiating direct dialogue between Israelis, Jews and Iranians.”...
What would you wish Iran's new president?
Elhanan Miller August 2013
What would you wish Iran’s new President Hasan Rouhani if you had the chance? That surprising question was posed to numerous men and women, young and old, Israeli and Palestinian, in a new short film titled “One Wish for Iran, Love Israel,” produced in Israel and released on Rouhani’s inauguration day, August 4, 2013.
Do people in this region even have an opinion on the new Iranian leader? Apparently they do. Wishes ranged from the personal (“God should help you, because we all need this”) to the political (“stop with the uranium”); from those wanting Rouhani to be more secular to those hoping he was religious. But all the wishes, bar none, were deeply compassionate and — perhaps surprisingly — devoid of hate...
Filmmaker Joseph Shamash Tries Bridge Gap with Iran
Renee Ghert-Zand August 2013
Joseph Shamash believes that film creates space in real life for conversations to happen. That is his intention with his “One Wish for Iran, Love Israel,” video, which has gone viral since it was uploaded to YouTube in early August.
The video shows Israelis and Palestinians from different walks of life and religious backgrounds sharing a wish for the new Iranian president, Hassan Rowhani, on his inauguration, and for the Iranian people...
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