Please contact Chicago Site Director Rhonda McCarty with questions about our upcoming events.HOP takes no political position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict beyond affirming the human rights of all involved. Please reference Our Values here. Our events are designed to inspire dialogue amongst supporters and alumni and expose supporters to diverse perspectives. We hope you will join us!

HOPeducation Film Screening: The Promised Band

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 7:00-9:00pm
Chicago Filmmakers Theatre
5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago IL
Edgewater Neighborhood

Jen Heck's 2016 fascinating and hilarious documentary follows a group of Israeli and Palestinian women (one of whom is a Hands of Peace participant parent!) who form a fake rock band in order to meet and socialize. The Promised Band documents this group of adventurous and idealistic women as they forge connections across cultures, religion, and physical and political borders, learn how to actually become a believable band, and continually place themselves in jeopardy as they place their human similarities above the differences ingrained by decades of divide. Following the film, Program Director Julia Duerst will facilitate a Q&A with the film's creators (and 2016 Hands of Peace Benefit speakers!), Jen Heck and Maria De La O.

Preceded by Jessie Ewing's 2017 documentary I'm Here To Stay (10 min, Digital Projection), a film haiku about memory woven through the daily rituals and domestic life of 105-year old Velma DellQuadri.