Highlander Pictures is producing an all-new documentary, entitled "When Muppets Dream of Peace", which will focus on the development and production of "Sesame Stories", the renowned Israeli co-production of "Sesame Street".
Directed by David Van Taylor, the film aims to shed light on the making of the international Sesame production. "Sesame Stories" is a unique production that comprises of three parallel series geared toward Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian children, and is broadcast in Hebrew and Arabic. The cenral goal of the program is to teach tolerance and understanding.
The New York-based filmmaker traveled to the Middle East to capture behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the Sesame Workshop project from 2003 through 2005 for the project as well as conducting interviews with the puppeteers and show executives along with reactions from Israeli and Palestinian children, educators and leaders.
The one-hour film is set to debut on PBS in the fall of 2008.