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Faith Matters

Faith Matters

Talitha Kumi - The oldest Lutheran School in the Holy Land

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Talitha Kumi was established as a school for Arab girls in Jerusalem by German Lutherans in 1851. Today it is the most prestigious German international school in the Palestinian Territories; a region where Jews, Christians and Muslims are continuously in conflict. Talitha Kumi is committed to overcoming violence and levelling the path to peace. Besides providing a good academic education, the school promotes peaceful coexistence, human values and respect for other religions. In this film, we accompany the new principal, Rolf Lindemann, who has introduced the same democratic structures at Talitha Kumi that characterise schools in Germany. Teachers, pupils and parents are actively involved in the running of the school. We also follow the music teacher, Has Niehaus, who uses ideas from music therapy to encourage harmonious relations.