The Promise is a British television serial in four episodes written and directed by Peter Kosminsky, with music by Debbie Wiseman, which premiered on 6 February 2011 on Channel 4. It deals with a young woman going to Israel/Palestine in the present day, using her visit to investigate her soldier grandfather's part in the post-war phase of the British Mandate of Palestine. (Wikipedia)
The character of Erin was influenced by his two teenage daughters, one of whom has epilepsy. Kosminsky felt the trait wasn't often shown on screen unless it was a major plot point, so he liked the idea of showing "an eighteen-year old girl who is trying to live a normal life, despite the fact she occasionally had epileptic fits; and how other people cope with that as well. (Wikipedia)
“Is Erin any more than a symbol? She lies. She has epilepsy. She cannot drive. She is jealous……
We watched as Erin gradually turned into a hardcore anti-Semite due to her experiences in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. She was an epileptic who suffered three seizures during the series. But the only time she fitted was when she was with Jews, never with Arabs.
The first time was in an Israeli nightclub when she collapsed on to the floor shaking uncontrollably and instead of anyone coming to help the Israelis just laughed at her.
The second time was when she was being reprimanded by the wealthy Jewish family she was staying with in Israel for bringing an Arab back to the house.
The third time was when she was confronted by three aggressive Israeli soldiers while she was trying to comfort a sick Palestinian woman who had been removed from her house just before it was about to be blown up because her family helped to shield a suicide bomber.”
The Promise, Mar 6 2011, The fertile imagination of Peter Kosminsky: Agitprop as history http://cifwatch.com/tag/the-promise/
Erin, ein epilepsiekranker Teenager besucht mit ihrer Freundin Eliza das heutige Israel. Sie hat das Tagebuch ihres Grossvaters bei sich, der als junger britischer Soldat zwischen die kämpfenden Fronten der israelischen Irgun und den Palestinensern geriet. Er konnte dabei sein Versprechen, den Sohn palestinensischen Freunden nicht einhalten, ihn vor dem Tod zu bewahren. Erins Nachforschungen in Palestina macht ihr die Zeiten des Grossvaters verständlich und führt zu dessen symbolischen Versöhnung damit.