NEW FILM:  20 Years of Palestinian-Jewish

Living Room Dialogue  (1992-2012)

05 December 2012



"There" are two stories here and there is a quality of transcendence - seeing

beyond the 'Jewish Narrative' or the 'Palestinian Narrative' - to a perspective that can

humanize both sides and hear the 'other' story. A transcender after all has

abandoned the exclusive quality of his or her narrative of origin."

        ~ Andrea Kiener, Hartford, CT (1997)

"Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field.

I'll meet you there."

        ~ Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

     These December 2012 days and nights of light, please let each of us re-dedicate to illuminating paths toward our shared future.
     The paths that lead to Rumi's place.  
     On an Earth with one side.
     Where we are all on the same side.

     So find your supposed "enemy" and sit together.
     Who listens best, wins.
     Not for self only, but for the Relationship -- what matters, sustains, builds.

     And you're not at all alone.
     Know that, and reach out.

                         ~ L&L

in America

     Early this December, 2012, 120 Palestinians, Jews, and supportive others gathered in San Francisco to acknowledge twenty years of learning and outward activity together..
     The Season of Light Evening is described at

     Stories were gathered by journalists from press and broadcast media, including for NPR's "This American Life."
     It was the premier screening of a new documentary film describing what a handful of people can do together.


20 Years of Palestinian-Jewish

Living Room Dialogue  (1992-2012)

WHAT A HANDFUL OF CITIZENS CAN DO                                              

a 48-minute film

in the Middle East

     TWO SIDED STORY is a new 2012,  75-minute film following a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet within the project, "History Through the Human Eye/"
     It is the creation of the Parents Circle-Families Forum -- -- bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and Reconciliation

     It answers what can happen if you have a chance to know your enemy, listen to the people who paid the price just like you, and discover empathy, understanding, and awareness of each other.
     WATCH the insightful trailer:



A story to touch hearts and change minds

4-1/2 min video trailer


     MORE about TWO SIDED STORY, including DVD requests, is at

in music

     Etta James (1938-2012) since 1954 was a powerhouse American vocalist of blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel, and jazz.
     She won six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards, and in 1993 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
     Etta James was one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

     In the late 1980s, recovering from personal problems, Etta made a heroic musical resurgence.
     In 1984, James had responded "yes" to Beyond War -- forerunner of the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue.
     She sang across space and over walls to the "enemy" Soviet people, as part of the first-ever San Francisco-Moscow television satellite spacebridge.
     That historic Beyond War Award Ceremony is on video at

     Earlier, in 1963, the great Etta James had already sung home to us the "two sides" principle of life and human relationships at home and around Earth.



Vocalist Etta James - 1963 - 3-min audio

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