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2014 Wine Country Film Festival

Within the Eye of the Storm

Directed by Shelley Hermon

Cinema of Conscience / Israel, Palestine / History, News, War / 74 mins / Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles

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Within the Eye of the Storm

The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
September 21, 2014 1:45 pm


Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for the sake of their nations. Yet each one of them came face to face with the price of war when their daughters were killed in the conflict. Left with the excruciating pain of bereavement, they chose to do the unexpected. They set out on a joint journey to humanize the very enemy, which took the dearest thing from them and prevent the vicious cycle of retaliation in themselves and their societies. Along the way they reveal the friendship and humor that keeps them alive. The film follows their two parallel stories and the moments where they converge, both in their personal experiences and peace work as they face their shattered families, confused communities and opposing society. This is a critical junction in both their lives, as their life mission and personal agenda clash and they stand the biggest test to their friendship.

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Director's Bio

Shelley grew up in Israel and England with a multicultural heritage. In 1997 she was an Art-Director at Ad agency ‘Ogilvy & Mather’ Hong Kong, and since 2000 worked in film, as a freelance Producer/Director/Cameraman on a range of international productions; Home Fronts for Channel 4 UK on Ethiopian and a Russian immigrants in Israel, The Trial of Sadam Hussein for Esteban Uyarra BBC, 77 Steps for Ibtisam Mara’ana, ‘Two Boys’ short animation for Leonard Cohen’s initiative ‘The fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace’. She has produced and directed over 20 films with ‘at risk’ youth, teenage mothers and women in conflicted communities. She is currently working for the Canadian organisation ‘Peace It Together’ as outreach mentor & co-ordinator for their program leaders (aged 20-29) in Israel. Working with PRIME and the Palestinian co-ordinator to set up screenings all over Israel and the Palestinian territories.


Writer: Yosi Artzi, Shelley Hermon
Producer: Shelley Hermon, Nisan Katz
Music: Shem-Tov Levy
Cinematographer: Shelley Hermon
Editor: Kobi Netanel

Preceded By

  1. Catching a Lion

    Vladimir Kanic / Shorts / Canada, Croatia / 2013 / Drama, War / 8 mins
    This film deals with human rights and the right to live in a land mine free world. It raises awareness about the 3 million land mines still buried in the grounds of Ex-Yugoslavia which were left buried from the 1990's war. The film is inspired by true events and the director’s personal experience with that war torn land.

    Precedes: Within the Eye of the Storm

  2. From the Sky

    Ian Ebright / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Drama, Short / 18 mins
    A humble father and his troubled son struggle to cope with the effect of drones in the Middle East.

    Precedes: Within the Eye of the Storm

Dates & Times

Within the Eye of the Storm

The Kenwood Restaurant Theater Space
September 21, 2014 1:45 pm