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Children of Jerusalem - Tamar

Children of Jerusalem - Tamar

| 29 min

This short documentary follows 10-year-old Tamar, a resident of Jerusalem, as she recounts the experiences of her daily life in Israel. She practices her baritone tuba and attends school, the local market, and a religious youth camp. She welcomes cousins who have emigrated from Russia, and expresses her desire for peace between Jews and Arabs.

This short documentary is part of the Children of Jerusalem series, which presents engaging portraits of Palestinian and Israeli children living in the historic, much-contested city.

  • director
    Beverly Shaffer
  • producer
    Beverly Shaffer
    Colin Neale
  • executive producer
    Colin Neale
  • camera
    Kent Nason
  • sound
    Jacques Drouin
  • editing
    Sidonie Kerr
  • sound editing
    Danuta Klis
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Shelley Craig
  • music
    Fran Avni


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Ages 10 to 14

Study Guide - Guide 1

Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Family Studies/Home Economics - Child Development
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Health/Personal Development - Identity

Warning: Mentions of the Holocaust, refugee camps, killings reported on the radio

Brief “lesson launcher type” activity or a series of inquiry questions with a bit of context:

  • Documentary profiling the day-to-day life of Tamar, a Grade 5 student in Jerusalem. How is Tamar’s life similar to that of a Grade 5 student in Canada? What differences do you notice?
  • How do Tamar and her mother feel as they pass the refugee camps?
  • Research the Bedouin people. Was Tamar’s description of them accurate?
  • How many languages do Tamar and her family speak? Is this typical of all families in the world to know so many languages? What would be the benefits of this?
  • Why do Tamar and her family encounter the military/police so often when they are outside? How would you feel if you had similar experiences? How might growing up in this type of environment affect how a child develops?
  • Tamar was 10 years old in 1991. How old would she be now? What do you imagine she would be doing?

Children of Jerusalem - Tamar
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