Israel: Cancer Without Borders is a 20 minute TV documentary looks at a group of Arab and Jewish women who have set aside their cultural and political differences in order to console each other through the shared experience of either having cancer – or being at a high risk of developing the disease. It seeks to ask the question ‘is cancer bridging the divide between the ultra-orthodox Arab and Jewish communities?’
In Israel 75,000 people carry the hereditary breast cancer gene BRCA and only 5,000 of those people know about it.
1 in 40 Israeli women carry a 90% chance of developing breast cancer due to being a carrier of the cancer gene.
Many members of the Arabic community within Israel also carry a similar hereditary gene with the same risks although it has not yet been named.
As tensions rises in Israel between the Arab and Jewish communities, the female members are being brought together by their unfortunate circumstance.
Music by Jack Hey
Israel: Cancer Without Borders was shortlisted for the Van D'Or Awards 2013.