EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER ROY ZAFRANI
OVER THE WALL
HUMANITY IN THE EYES OF A CHILD We’re told from the day we’re born what’s wrong and what’s right. If what we’re told is wrong, how would we know what’s right? In the award-winning short film by Roy Zafrani, Over The Wall, this question is answered by children. In this film that is both beautiful and brilliant, a coincidental meeting between an Israeli boy and a Palestinian boy leads them to discover that reality is different than what they have been told. We are honored to recognize this film as an AwareNow Official Selection.
Allié: Over the course of your 12 minute and 9 second film, your work brought me to my knees - with tears of sadness for how we’ve failed our children and in prayer that we can learn our lesson and teach our children better lessons. A short film with a long-lasting impact, Over The Wall evokes so much emotion in such a short period of time. What emotion were you trying to tap into most?
Roy: Thank you so much for the kind words, it's really exciting to know we touched the hearts of people from all over the world. The strongest emotion that arises in the film is the emotion of LOVE. Just before they succumb to the brainwashing of the environment on both sides, just before they fear the other side, or hate it, the children, who symbolize innocence, meet and suddenly discover that what they have been told is completely different from reality. With great courage, they remove the negative layers that have begun to accumulate in their brains throughout the first years of their lives, and become best friends. They experience true love between friends, independent of material things, or even verbal communication. They do not need all these. They just want to celebrate life, like we all do in our childhood.
OVER THE WALL
AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM BY ROY ZAFRANI
43 AWARENOW / THE UNITED EDITION