About the Film
In Order of Appearance
Raised in the village of Hizme in northeast Jerusalem, Suliman joined the “Fatah” movement when he was 12 years old. At the age of 13, he was arrested for attacking two Israelis served 10 years in Israeli prison. Suliman is a Co-Founder and current Director of Combatants for Peace.
Chen served for four years in the Israeli army and then for 10 years as an operations officer in the reserves. Later, he signed a petition initiated by soldiers and officers refusing to serve in the occupied territories–the “Courage to Refuse Letter.” He is a Co-Founder of Combatants for Peace. Chen is a theatre director, facilitator and lecturer at Tel Aviv University.
Jamel was born in the Deheisha refugee camp outside of Bethlehem. His brother was killed by the IDF during the 1st intifada. He went to jail 13 times for his participation in the 1st intifada. He is a member of The Parents Circle – Families Forum as well as Combatants for Peace. He works in construction and continues to live in Deheisha with his wife and children.
Avner was born and raised in Kibbutz Kvutsat Shiller. Between 1994 and 1998 he served as a combatant in the elite unit Sayeret Matkal. In late 2003 he was part of a group of soldiers and officers in that unit who publicly refused to serve in the occupied territories. Avner is a co-founder of Combatants for Peace. In 2010 he was awarded the Goldberg IEE Prize for Peace in the Middle East, together with CFP co-founder Bassam Aramin. He is a professor of Ottoman History and resides with his family in Jerusalem.
Shifa al-Qudsi From the West Bank town of Tulkarem, as a 24-year-old beauty technician, Shifa was recruited to blow up a supermarket in the nearby Israeli town of Netanya. Before she could complete her mission, Shifa was arrested and later convicted. She served a six year sentence in prison. There, Shifa realized that many Israelis wanted peace as well. She joined Combatants for Peace after her release from prison. Shifa still lives in Tulkarem in Palestine.
Born in Nofit village in northern Israel, Maya is a social worker who volunteered for reserve duty after finishing her mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces. Following a traumatic event, as she became increasingly aware of the effects of the Occupation on both the Palestinians and Israeli soldiers needing to enforce it, she realized a different path must be taken. Maia joined Combatants for Peace in an effort to resolve this situation through non-violence.
Mohammed was born in Silwan, East Jerusalem. As a teenager, he was involved in illegal violent anti-occupation activities and served time in prison. Mohammed lives in East Jerusalem and is now a social worker and activist for peace.
Assaf served as an officer in the Israeli Airforce. After taking part in Operation Cast Lead (the first Gaza War) he joined Combatants for Peace. Assaf is a psychologist who lives in Tel Aviv.
Stephen Apkon (Director and Producer) is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. Opened in 2001, the JBFC has become one of the premier film institutions in the United States, with a Board of Directors that includes Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme among others. Disturbing the Peace is his directorial debut. He is a Co-Producer of Presenting Princess Shaw, directed by Ido Haar (distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media), Producer of I’m Carolyn Parker, directed by Jonathan Demme and Enlistment Days, also directed by Haar, and Executive Producer of Planetary. Mr. Apkon is the author of The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in April 2013 – foreword by Martin Scorsese.
Andrew Young (Director and Cinematographer) is an acclaimed filmmaker whose work received an Academy Award nomination, two Emmy Awards, seven Emmy nominations, and five awards at the Sundance Film Festival including the “Grand Jury Prize.” He has directed and photographed over a dozen documentaries, including Children of Fate, Cutting Loose, Americanos, The Last Royals, Deadly Messengers, Lives in Hazard, Madagascar: A World Apart, and Glacier Bay: Alaska’s Wild Coast. Young is also an award-winning cinematographer who has received the Excellence in Cinematography prize at Sundance three times as well as a Cinematography Emmy Award and the Cinematography Prize at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. His work has been exhibited theatrically and on HBO, Cinemax, National Geographic, the BBC and PBS.
Marcina Hale (Co-Producer) is co-founder of Reconsider. With degrees in both Media and Psychotherapy, it is part of Marcina’s vision to utilize film as a catalyst to create experiences that evoke thought and conversations that both challenge and inspire a way of relating to live more dynamically. Marcina is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). In her roles as master therapist and dynamic facilitator, she conducts workshops that challenge and inspire others to live their lives more consciously and to take responsibility for their own creations.
Ori Derdikman (Editor) is a highly imaginative and creative film editor who has has already established a reputation as one of the most up and coming editors. She graduated from the prestigious Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem and has since gone on to collaborate with some of the strongest directors in Israel.
Rocco Caruso (Consulting Producer) has spent more the 25 years in film and television. He began his career as an associate producer on the PBS children’s show Shining Time Station which starred Ringo Starr and an animated train that later became known as Thomas the Tank Engine. He segment-produced the CBS television special Superman’s 50th Anniversary for producer Lorne Michaels and has produced TV spots, trailers and short-form programming for MTV, HBO, PBS, Lifetime, Comedy Central, XM Radio, Showtime and Warner Bros.