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Zero Degrees of Separation ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB534930
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Elle Flanders, Peter Starr, Silva Basmajian
Directors:  Elle Flanders
Producing Agencies:  Graphic Pictures (Toronto),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Diversity, Documentary, Global Issues, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, Social Issues, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  89m 44s


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Zero Degrees of Separation breaks with the sensationalistic media coverage of the violence in the Middle East by documenting the everyday lives of two mixed gay Palestinian-Israeli couples. Faced with modern injustices of work visas, checkpoints, harassment and prejudices, these courageous and outspoken individuals resist attempts at oppresssion and take small steps each day to build a sense of peace, mutual respect and hope.

Drawing the past into the present, the director interweaves her own rich narrative of growing up with Zionist grandparents who were intimately involved in the founding of the state of Israel. Their archival home movies that evoke an idealized Israel of the 1950s now take on a haunting quality that summons larger questions of humanity, conflict and nationalist aspiration.

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