To Die in Jerusalem

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To Die in Jerusalem is a 2007 HBO documentary film about the effects of a March 29, 2002, Jerusalem suicide bombing on the families of the 17 year-old Israeli victim Rachel Levy and the 18 year-old Palestinian female suicide bomber, Ayat Al-Akhras.  Al-Akhras blew herself up at the entrance of Kiryat HaYovel's main supermarket, killing two people and injuring 28.

April 14, 2014

Directed by Hilla Medalia
Produced by Hilla Medalia, Ed Priddy, John Priddy

About the Film

Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed five years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Avigail has found hardly 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 unbelievably alike. The impact of the blast that killed them both remains as powerful today as it was the moment of the explosion. The documentary film, To Die In Jerusalem,  explores the two families’ personal losses and Avigail Levy’s search for answers, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the mutual pain suffered by each family despite their cultural differences and diverse perceptions of death; 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.