Now in its 13th year, the Lone Star EMMY awards are a part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and represent the most experienced and talented television professionals throughout all 19 of the TV markets in the state of Texas. Members come from a variety of TV-related fields, including production and post production, public relations, news and non-news broadcasting, education and advertising.
Israel and the Golan: The Heights of Hope is a one-of-a-kind special documentary that takes an in-depth look at the people, life and history of one of Israel’s most contested regions – the Golan Heights. Steeped in history, yet remaining at the center of international debate today, the Golan Heights plays a unique role in Israel’s past, present and future – something that is examined throughout the documentary.
Walking through its tumultuous history, Israel and the Golan also examines the region’s role in the security of the nation, and explores its economic impact as well as the importance of its natural resources. But what truly sets this documentary apart is its captivating revelation of the unfailing hope of its people. Shot on-location, Israel and the Golan takes a “from the inside looking out” approach to life along Israel’s northern border.
“My heart is humbled once again as our amazing production staff has added another EMMY to our collection,” says Marcus Lamb, Founder and CEO of Daystar Television Network. “I am so proud of the first class work of our team and for all that God has blessed us with. Our prayer is that this documentary on Israel will continue to be an eye-opener for the people that view it and in turn, a blessing to Israel. Our goal is not just to win an Emmy but to win and educate souls for the Kingdom of God. The award goes to God; He allows us to keep the trophy.”
We had the opportunity to sit down with Jennifer Wood, Producer of Israel and the Golan, for an inside look on this exciting documentary – here’s what she had to say!
Q: What was the inspiration behind Israel and the Golan?
A: The Golan region is rich in beauty, history and natural resources. So much of the media attention it’s received has been geared toward disputing Israel’s claim to this region, which is why we embarked on a journey to bring the truth to light and further tell the story of this land and the amazing people who call it home.
Q: What made you want to make this documentary?
A: I have a passion for the nation of Israel and I’m honored every time I have an opportunity to tell her story.
Q: How long did the project take to complete?
A: The entire project took about six months to complete.
Q: What was the most rewarding part for you about making the documentary?
A: I learned so much during the course of working of this project. Prior to this, I knew very little about the Golan Heights and now I see all of the many reasons why it’s such a vital part of the nation of Israel.
Q: What was the most challenging part?
A: The Golan has long been a hotly contested region after being captured by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967. Since that time, the international community has not recognized Israel’s claim to the land, which made accurately telling this story so important.
Q: Do you have a favorite moment or scene from the film?
A: The segment highlighting Israel’s victory during the Six Day War was my favorite. There’s no question that God protected the Israeli soldiers as they were severely outnumbered by the Syrian army.
Q: What was one surprising or interesting thing you learned about Israel while working on this project?
A: The Golan supplies a significant portion of Israel’s water. Some estimate that as much as 60% of the nation’s water comes from the Golan.
Q: What is something you hope people take away from watching the film?
A: I want people to have a new appreciation for the Golan Heights and a firm understanding of why Israel should remain in possession of this land.
Q: How long have you been a producer?
A: I got my first job as a producer in 2002 🙂
Q: What is the best thing about being a producer?
A: I get paid to tell stories…and not just any stories…God stories. I can’t imagine anything better.
Q: How about your favorite part about working in ministry?
A: The people are, without question, the best part of working in ministry! I work with some of the most talented, fearless and creative people on the planet. Yay for me!