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Children who were brought up in a utopic social experiment in the only community in the world where Palestinians and Israelis chose to live together in co-existence. "Oasis of peace" is a utopic dream that shattered into realty. Arabs and Jews have lived in ongoing conflict for over a century. A group of dreamers decided to challenge everything they know about their nationalities and histories and founded a village in 1970s Israel as a social experiment. The film follows the many children who were brought up in this unique environment. In this bold attempt to raise a new generation their internal struggles and the outside conflict challenged their revolutionary eco-system. The children of peace are now grown men and women dealing with the harsh reality of political turmoil, war and societal segregation.




Maayan was born and raised in Neve Shalom-Wahat al Salam. Growing up in a mixed community, has profoundly shaped Maayan Schwartz's outlook on life and his approach to documentary filmmaking. Living in a place of harmony and mutual respect has given him an appreciation for the beauty of diversity and tolerance, and has informed his work in film by emphasizing the importance of understanding and empathy. His films explore the depths of the human experience, highlighting the need for connection, communication, and understanding across cultural boundaries. He strives to create stories that bring people together, inspiring hope and dialogue in the midst of conflict. 

Maayan completed his BFA at "Sapir- Film School". In recent years he directed short films both fiction and documentary. Among them the film "My friend ,Yaniv" that was an official selection of IDFA 2016. "Children of Peace" his first documentary feature film.




Beginning his professional career as film editor back in late 80's, Mr. Harel produced his first film, "The Square of Dreams", in 1999, in a collaboration with the late film producer Haim Manor. A year later, he initiated Lama films as a self-owned company.

Since then Mr. Harel led his way picking his projects thoughtfully and carefully, keeping long-term collaborations with directors, screenwriters and film-editors, as well as production companies from around the world.

Lama Films

One of the leading production companies in Israel, concentrating on social-, political- and cultural-oriented projects. Whether documentaries or fiction films, Lama Films’ productions address phenomena that reflect the essence of Israeli existence, yet still appeal to diverse audiences around the world

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