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The Lemon Tree: One Hour Special, plus promos

From: Homelands Productions
Length: 59:00

Updated documentary to mark 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel, the 1948 War, and the Palestinian "Nakba" Read the full description.

Lemontreepapercover_small This updated evergreen documentary, which originally aired on Fresh Air in 1998, and won the Overseas Press Club Award for radio, explores the human side of what many consider the world's most intractable conflict. The documentary, pegged to the 60th anniversary (on May 14-15) of the founding of Israel and the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, tells the story through a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab, one Jewish, amid the fraught modern history of the region. It explores how the 1948 war, known to Israelis as the War of Independence, is, to Palestinians, the Nakba, or Catastrophe. In his childhood home, in the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, Palestinian Bashir Khairi sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, who arrived in Israel as an infant in 1948 with her family from Bulgaria, and moved into the same house, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust. As both are swept up in the fates of their people, and Bashir is jailed for his alleged part in a supermarket bombing, the friends do not speak for years. They finally reconcile and convert the house in Ramle into a day-care center for Arab children of Israel, and a center for dialogue between Arabs and Jews. The stories of Dalia and Bashir form a personal microcosm of the last sixty years of Israeli-Palestinian history. In a region that seems ever more divided, The Lemon Tree is a reminder of all that is at stake, and of all that is still possible. The documentary is told almost entirely through the voices of Bashir and Dalia, interwoven with archival tape from the era. There is a new postscript updating the story of Dalia and Bashir. This is also the 10th anniversary of the original broadcast of The Lemon Tree.The documentary was the seed for Tolan's book: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East ( 2006, Bloomsbury), which has won numerous literary nonfiction awards. For more information, go to http://www.sandytolan.com/the-lemon-tree For May tour dates, and possible tie-ins to local stations, go to http://sandytolan.com/the-lemon-tree/readings-and-other-events The second piece in the hour, The Imaginary Village, produced with Melissa Robbins and released through Transom.org, explores an untold aspect of the much-chronicled Israeli-Arab dispute: The longing for land and home by Palestinian refugees. The piece was produced in 2004 and is also evergreen. Together the two pieces form a powerful, reflective, and even hopeful hour on the anniversary of this tragic conflict. The documentary would be ideal to be broadcast throughout May, but as an evergreen piece it can air any time.

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Piece Description

This updated evergreen documentary, which originally aired on Fresh Air in 1998, and won the Overseas Press Club Award for radio, explores the human side of what many consider the world's most intractable conflict. The documentary, pegged to the 60th anniversary (on May 14-15) of the founding of Israel and the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, tells the story through a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab, one Jewish, amid the fraught modern history of the region. It explores how the 1948 war, known to Israelis as the War of Independence, is, to Palestinians, the Nakba, or Catastrophe. In his childhood home, in the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, Palestinian Bashir Khairi sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, who arrived in Israel as an infant in 1948 with her family from Bulgaria, and moved into the same house, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust. As both are swept up in the fates of their people, and Bashir is jailed for his alleged part in a supermarket bombing, the friends do not speak for years. They finally reconcile and convert the house in Ramle into a day-care center for Arab children of Israel, and a center for dialogue between Arabs and Jews. The stories of Dalia and Bashir form a personal microcosm of the last sixty years of Israeli-Palestinian history. In a region that seems ever more divided, The Lemon Tree is a reminder of all that is at stake, and of all that is still possible. The documentary is told almost entirely through the voices of Bashir and Dalia, interwoven with archival tape from the era. There is a new postscript updating the story of Dalia and Bashir. This is also the 10th anniversary of the original broadcast of The Lemon Tree.The documentary was the seed for Tolan's book: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East ( 2006, Bloomsbury), which has won numerous literary nonfiction awards. For more information, go to http://www.sandytolan.com/the-lemon-tree For May tour dates, and possible tie-ins to local stations, go to http://sandytolan.com/the-lemon-tree/readings-and-other-events The second piece in the hour, The Imaginary Village, produced with Melissa Robbins and released through Transom.org, explores an untold aspect of the much-chronicled Israeli-Arab dispute: The longing for land and home by Palestinian refugees. The piece was produced in 2004 and is also evergreen. Together the two pieces form a powerful, reflective, and even hopeful hour on the anniversary of this tragic conflict. The documentary would be ideal to be broadcast throughout May, but as an evergreen piece it can air any time.

Broadcast History

The Lemon Tree was first broadcast on Fresh Air in May, 1998. The story now includes a new epilogue.

The second piece in the hour, The Imaginary Village, was released on transom.org in 2004.

Transcript

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Timing and Cues

This is an entirely self-contained 59:00 program, with 1-minute breaks at precisely 19:00 and 39:00. The program ends at 59:00.

All intros, credits, etc. are included in the program.

The producer, Sandy Tolan, who is also author of the book, The Lemon Tree, will be on a 12-city tour throughout may and is available for interviews. For more information go to sandytolan.com/the-lemon-tree

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Raf Raf Anouar Brehem Barkazh. ECM 1991 01:00
Barzakh Anouar Brehem Barkazh. ECM 1991 01:00
Sadir Anouar Brehem Barkazh. ECM 1991 01:00

Related Website

http://www.sandytolan.com/the-lemon-tree