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"Under the Same Sun"


Under the Same Sun is set in the near future, the film looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. It is the story of two businessmen, one Palestinian and one Israeli, who struggle to set up a solar energy company.



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under the same sun  

Synopsis: Shaul, an Israeli, and Nizar, a Palestinian, seem to have little in common but for a shared spirit of entrepreneurship. They create a solar energy company with plans to bring renewable energy to communities in the Palestinian territories. Support for their venture is difficult to gain. From families who question them, to community members who threaten them, and government policies that make collaboration nearly impossible, Shaul and Nizar face many obstacles. Through everything, they grow to respect and trust one another. But though they continue to believe in their project, they recognize that their company cannot succeed without change. They take their story to the Internet and inspire others to work together. What began as a partnership for business becomes a partnership for peace.



How does the film add anything to one's knowledge and understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How can grassroots movements play a role in changing society? What elements of the film can you identify with personally? Can economics/business play a role in helping to resolve conflict? Is peace between Israelis and Palestinians possible? Is the film realistic or idealistic? What do you think of the idea of a popular uprising -- by both sides -- demanding that their leaders make peace?


Whom do you think is able to lead the change towards the other side inside your own community, and how? Examine ways to talk about these issues in your community. Whether you are of Jewish or of Arab descent, don't be pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian. Be pro-peace. Dealing with differences is tough. Try to stop and think -- the next time you are confronted with someone who is different and who you don't understand/agree with -- and don't let this moment go by without trying to the commonality between you. Think how very difficult it is for Israelis and Palestinians to bridge their divides.

PRODUCED BY: Search for Common Ground. (www.sfcg.org). Search for Common Ground works to prevent and end violent conflict before, during, and after a crisis. Search has a 33 year track record of equipping individuals and societies to find alternatives to violence -- striving to build sustainable peace for generations to come by working with all sides of a conflict, providing the information and tool needed to work together and find constructive solutions.