One hundred children were dying every day in Gaza when I made this hopeless poem of hope. How to step into a new kind of Jerusalem without becoming what we feared? How to leave behind every notion of the chosen few, and embrace the ones along the way, finding a promised land in each other.
Based on an excerpt from the poem Red Sea: April 2002 by Aurora Levins Morales, a disabled Puerto Rican Jewish writer and activist.
Williams Carlos Williams: “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.”
“The film is extremely beautiful in its melding of image and sound and text. I loved the text so much; its cadences made me wonder if it was yours—until the credits. The whole seemed so resonant of this moment: the climate crisis, Israel-Palestine, the need to come together at such moments, the text emerging out of image out of the sound of rain the tromp of boots of footsteps the moments of intimacy the woman in the hijab holding out her open palm. It would be amazing to encounter this on a large screen. I felt truly moved by it.” Catherine Bush
“A little poem to add to the world, provide a crystal of hope, at a time when dialogue has degraded to us and them and perpetual horrors.” Gary Popovich