The Field

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2017
  • 82 min.
  • Director(s): Mordechai Vardi
  • Producer(s): Mordechai Vardi


Gush Etzion Junction, between Jerusalem and Hevron: Ali Abu Awwad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-violence. Despite his life experience, four years in an Israeli prison, his mother’s five year sentence, a brother killed by an Israeli soldier- Ali creates “Roots” with local Israeli settlers, advancing responsibility and grassroots work to enable political reconciliation. The director, a resident of Gush Etzion, accompanies the initiative for 2.5 years and documents the changes transpiring on both sides. In 2015, Etzion Junction suffers a wave of violence and the activists face a reality where their own relatives are being attacked.

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Mordechai Vardi


Mordechai Vardi


Mordechai Vardi


Mordechai Vardi, Raaya Vardi Teboulle


Yoni Tzruya

Original Music

Avi Belleli

Festival Highlights


    Best Feature Documentary Award
    Peace On Earth Film Festival

FIPA International Film Festival, France, European premiere, 2018

Doc Aviv International Film Festival, Israel, Official Competition, 2017

Peace On Earth Film Festival, USA, 2018

Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2018

Tolerance Film Festival, Indonesia, 2018

Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, Denmark, 2018

Holy Land Film Series, USA, 2018

Other Israel Film Festival, USA, 2017

Cinema South International Film Festival, Israel, 2017

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

St Louis International Film Festival, USA, 2017

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  • "The film is made with wisdom and aesthetic modesty and, to my opinion also with political integrity."
    - Cinema South Film Festival /.A.B. Yehoshua
  • " Abu Awwad, a Palestinian resident of Gush Etzion, invites his Orthodox Jewish neighbors to his field and speaks to them of the importance of opening a dialogue of nonviolence, mutual acceptance, and understanding. Rabbi Mordechai Vardi’s documentary ''The Field'' shines a bright light on the dark divide separating Palestinians and Israelis."
    - Phildelphia Jewish Film Festival