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Exclusive Q&A: ‘State 194’ Director on Israel, Palestine and the Messiah


State 194, a new documentary illuminating the quest for Palestinian statehood, is remarkable for the fact that individual Israelis and Palestinians trusted one another in a collaboration to make a film about resolving the mistrust and enmity that have plagued their peoples for more than half a century.

Even more remarkable: State 194 charts out concrete steps that its characters—Palestinian, Israeli and mixed—are taking toward a day when the greater majority of Palestinians and Israelis greet one another as equal neighbors. And it looks like they just might succeed.

Director Dan Setton speaks with TakePart about the difficulty of filming the drama of hope, one difference between Israelis and Palestinians that really matters, and why he no longer has patience for the attitude that peace is impossible. 

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