PCFF members were invited to the U.S.A.I.D office in Tel –Aviv to an exciting screening of the first two chapters of the new drama series inspired by the PCFF and carried out with the notable help of the U.S.A.I.D.
Ostensibly, this is a drama series about a fictional cooking show. The external, outer layer deals with the world of television, as it attempts to convey an important message of peace. But through its leading characters, we become familiar with the dramatic stories of two diametrically different families, Israeli and Palestinian, as they confront the harsh realities of the conflict, as well as the personal stories of two women that breach political and national boundaries. The moral of the story is found in a layer that is not immediately visible: the mutual hardship of coping with the bloody and tragic conflict and the hope for change, and the ability to communicate on the personal, most intimate level, the only level on which real closeness can develop.
A small and creative group of television professionals gathers to create a new food show. They have a revolutionary idea – to find a (female) Jewish chef and a (female) Palestinian chef who will cook Mediterranean food together in each other's kitchens, will chatter agreeably about men and spices, and will exchange recipes. According to rating requirements, both chefs must be camera-friendly in order to prove that it is possible to build a bridge of peace through food and personal charm.
Two women were selected to lead the series – Tamar Rosen and Amal Fauzi. Both are in their thirties, one from Givatayim and one from Ramallah.
The two women meet for the first time during the process of formulating the cooking show, and together with the crew face all possible obstacles, from prejudice and misunderstandings, to terror attacks and assassinations that disrupt the preparations.
In parallel ways, they confront – each in her own manner – opposition to the joint project within their families, both on the national-political level, and in the gulf that lies between the self expressions of each one of them and the family loyalty expected of them.
Throughout the series politics will seep into the personal dimension: Amal's husband, from whom she is separated, will demand that she abandon the project, and will threaten to keep their daughter away from her. Tami will discover an old photograph in Amal's home which will expose a secret from her brother's past and lead to a family rift.
Gradually, the series will back away from the culinary-television cover story, and will delve into the lives of the two main characters, standing on both sides of the barrier and paying a heavy personal price in their attempt to come closer and understand each other.
The parallel dramatic plots in the lives of Tami and Amal expose the dynamics in the two families, as the cracks in their homes grow wider.
Despite the obstacles, something small and touching gradually begins to happen: Tami and Amal grow closer to each other's world, manage to laugh at the same things, support each other and learn something from one another.
Sometimes it has to do with the addition of a pinch of cinnamon and sometimes to do with raising children.
The fragile intimacy created between them faces a difficult test when a secret from the past is revealed.
Hope is founded on the human connection between the two female protagonists, and this message continues to seep through even after the fictitious cooking show is taken off the air.
After watching the first two episodes we can say with confidence that the buzz around the series was rightfully earned. This interesting drama draws you in and shows Israelis and Palestinians as they are; humans with fears, hardships, desires and hope. Laughter, tears, excitement, love and hate are all part of this humane story.
The drama is in Hebrew, English and Italian and it has subtitles.
"Good Intentions" was created by three of the finest creators in Israeli T.V.; Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz. and Uri Barabash , Chayim Sharir
The first episode will be broadcast on the 28th of May 2008, at 22:00.