Israeli and Palestinian women form a rock band as a cover story to meet and interact with each other.
—The Hollywood Reporter
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The Promised Bandis the story of a fake rock band comprised of Israeli and Palestinian women who have decided that, despite their dubious musical talent, a music group is the best cover story to meet and interact with each other.
Aided by a naive but well-meaning American TV producer, these unlikely musicians have to cross borders, repeatedly and sometimes illegally. They have to secure permits to travel when possible, and find safe spaces to practice and perform. Although their societies are kept apart by the Israeli separation wall, solid concrete 26-feet tall and 3-feet thick, the women connect on their sameness, and their lives become entangled in ways they couldn’t expect.
Together, they realize that while they have nothing to fear from each other, peace may be impossible in a place where their friendship is criminalized, and women’s voices can be easily drowned out.
WINNER—Best Documentary Cinequest Film Festival
Official Selection—2017 Global Peace Film Festival
Official Selection—BendFilm 2017
Official Selection—Napa Valley Film Festival
Official Selection—Maine International Film Festival
Official Selection—Sarasota Film Festival
Run time: 89 minutes; Closed Captioned
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Jen Heck completed her MFA at Columbia University’s film program in 2009. She has had work at major film festivals including Sundance, The Hamptons, and Palm Springs, at museums including the Whitney (Biennial 2004) and MoMA, and on networks including MTV, Bravo, and VH1. She has won awards at festivals for her short narrative films Airplanes and Salamander, both photographed by Martina Radwan. She currently works as a documentary TV producer/director in New York.