Mohammad Abu Mustafa, a four-month-old Palestinian boy, is fighting for his life, born without an immune system and in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. Israeli pediatrician Dr. Raz Somech calls upon the film’s director and Channel 10 war correspondent, Shlomi Eldar, to document the story and bring attention to the child’s plight. The story puts into sharp relief the complexity of the turmoil in the Middle East, as the mother deals with challenges to her perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the life and death gravity of Mohammad’s situation brings together those who were previously on opposing sides. There are dramatic twists and turns of events; at one point, Eldar chooses to stop filming after Mohammad’s mother proclaims that she hopes her son will become a suicide bomber. Precious Life is a gripping, controversial tale that once seen, won’t easily be forgotten. Look for it on HBO in 2011.
Partners: Origami Entertainment, Bleiberg Entertainment; distributed through Cinephil (Israel), Bleiberg Entertainment
Length: 86 minutes
Premiered: Jerusalem Film Festival, 2010
Rights available: Worldwide excluding U.S.