Sunday, March 29, 2009

Egypt-Israel Peace Diptych

Hello friends,

I just got back from an eventful trip to Egypt, where I saw the pyramids and got detained by the Egyptian police. More on that later, but first check out these two reports about the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. I think it was a cool idea to see each side's perspective on this controversial peace deal. I produced the one from Israel, and Dana Smilie produced the one from the Egypt.



Friday, March 20, 2009

The Gilad Shalit Dilemma

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Everyone know that in the Middle East, bargaining is an integral part of the culture.

When at the souk, you must haggle as much as possible since prices are always jacked up, depending on how local the shopkeepers perceive you to be.

This week, the souk mentality extended into the international political arena when Israel and Hamas indirectly negotiated the price of a live Israeli soldier.

Israel thought he was worth 325 of their prisoners, with fewer guys with bloody hands and with more deportations to other countries.

Hamas valued him at 450 of their prisoners, some with blood on the hands, some without blood on the hands, with less deportations.

At the end of the negotiations, the Israelis walked away from the Hamas shop, claiming the price to be too high.

Now Israel is waiting to see if the shopkeeper will come running after them, to see if their initial valuation was inflated, or if they will succumb to internal pressure.

Meanwhile, the Shalit family are devastated, well aware that their chances of a deal are significantly reduced once Benjamin Netanyahu takes over the reins as Prime Minister.

I spent the past week with the family and their supporters camping outside the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's residence in Jerusalem, and this is the resulting video on

On Saturday, Day 1000 of Gilad's captivity, the Shalit family is heading back to their home in Mitzpe Hila, in the Galilee.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bernard "Cookie Monster" Madoff

As a lifelong fan of Sesame Street, I really enjoyed this:

Is Bernard Madoff an accurate anthropomorphization of the Cookie Monster?

A man who goes bezerk at the sight of macadamia nut hedge funds, chocolate blue chip stocks, or oatmeal raisin retirement funds?

Friday, March 06, 2009

The Dying Dead Sea

Here is a trailer for Falafel TV's latest production: The Dying Dead Sea

For those of you unaware of the gravity of the problem, make sure you watch this.

Comments are appreciated!

And check out these Production Stills shot by photographer Yair Moss:

Elad Gefen filming a sinkhole

The crew walking in sinkhole country

Boys enjoying one of the springs that flow into the Dead Sea

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

New Gaza Animation

Check out this short animated film by Yoni Goodman, the animation director of Waltz with Bashir. It was created for Gisha, an NGO devoted to human freedom of movement.