To Die in Jerusalem

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2007
  • 76 min.

To Die in Jerusalem

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2007
  • 76 min.


Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed four years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother, Abigail, has hardly found a moment’s peace. Levy’s killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also 17, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away. The two young women looked remarkably alike. Through the personal stories of the two families’ losses, the film explores their mutual pain, despite differences in cultural and religious beliefs, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and ultimately the hope for peace. The film’s most revealing moment is in an emotionally-charged meeting between the mothers of the two dead girls. *Winner* of Peabody Award.



Hila Medalia


Ed Priddy, Hilla Medalia, John Priddy, Keren Ratenbach


Ran Shitrit, Ramez Kazmouz


Geof Bartz, Shlomi Shalom

Original Music

Issar Schulman

Original Language

Hebrew, Arabic, English



  • Audience Award

    Best Documentary
    Jewish Motifs Warsaw Flm Festival
  • Emmy Awards Nominaiton

    for Best Documentary
  • Winner

    Peabody Award

Festival Highlights

Kimball Theater Film Festival, USA , 2007

SIU Radio & TV Film Festival, USA , 2007

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA , 2007

Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, USA , 2007

Washington University Film Festival, USA , 2007

University of Iowa Film Festival, USA , 2007

Young Israel of St. Luis Film Festival, USA , 2007

Duke Conversations Film Festival, USA , 2007

Hillel of St. Luis Film Festival, USA , 2007

Jewish Community Center in Manhattan Film Festival, USA , 2008

Georgetown University Film Festival, USA , 2008

Detroit Jewish Film Festival, USA , 2008

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