Israeli Newspaper Asks Marie Kondo to ‘Fix the Israeli-Palestinian Mess’

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The Israeli newspaper Haaretz offered a novel new idea for solving the age old “Israeli-Palestinian mess” on Tuesday — hand the whole issue over to Marie Kondo.

In an editorial for the paper, contributor Adrian Hennigan said Kondo’s success at bringing people together and sparking joy on her Netflix hit “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” might be enough to move the needle on the famously intractable geopolitical issue.

“We need to give her a far bigger challenge for season two than rearranging millennials’ sock draws: Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Hennigan wrote. “Given her obvious skills at getting people to do things they never previously wanted to, who better than Kondo to drag Israeli and Palestinian leaders into the same room and get them working together on cleaning up this mess?”

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Hennigan went further, indulging in a bit of Kondo fan fiction, about how the Japanese lifestyle guru might manage such temperamental personalities as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“‘Mahmoud, Benjamin,’ I see her saying (let’s just assume Messrs. Abbas and Netanyahu are still in charge at this point),” he wrote. “‘I want you to touch the map of the Holy Land and identify only the parts that spark joy. When you feel the item that sparks joy to you, you feel ‘Ching!’ Mahmoud, did you really feel that when you touched Ra’anana?’”

It’s unclear, however, whether Kondo or Netflix would be up for the challenge. A rep for the company did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Once an obscure Japanese organizing consultant, Kondo has rocketed to fame in recent years with the publication of several books on organization. Her most famous, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has been a worldwide bestseller and was released in the U.S. in 2014. In January, Netflix “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” which has since become a surprise hit.

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Marie Kondo doesn’t actually want you to throw out your books 

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Social media has a nasty habit of raging against things it barely understands, often as a joke, and one of the more recent targets of the public’s (possibly ironic) frustration is self-help guru Marie Kondo, the star of Netflix’s recent hit Tidying Up …

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Anyone who has (or used to have) a whole bunch of stuff around their house is probably familiar with Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method for elegant decluttering. Basically, the idea is that you group all of your items together by whatever category they may fit in, and then get rid of everything that doesn’t “spark…

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Sumner Redstone’s Ex-Companion Sydney Holland Is Now Producing Projects ‘That Have Integrity’

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The last time much of Hollywood heard from Sydney Holland, she was in the midst of an acrimonious split from nonagenarian media mogul and chairman emeritus of CBS and Viacom Sumner Redstone. But Holland would rather be known for something more impactful — producing films that raise awareness of real problems affecting people much less fortunate.

Through her Rich Hippie Productions, Holland recently served as an executive producer on the documentary “The Seventh Fire,” which follows a grizzled Native American gangster, Rob Brown, and his young protégé, Kevin, as they navigate a minefield of addiction and crime on Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation. The film is currently available on iTunes and Amazon, and is playing select showings in theaters.

Her involvement with the film puts Holland in distinguished company — Oscar winner Natalie Portman is also an executive producer, and legendary director Terrence Malick is the movie’s presenter.

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Holland was introduced to the movie’s director, Jack Pettibone Riccobono, through a relationship Rich Hippie had with CAA agent Jon Levin. And with her interest in the subject matter — the Sydney D. Holland Foundation focuses on drug and alcohol addiction — it was a natural fit.

“I don’t do projects to make money — I do projects that I believe in that have integrity,” Holland told TheWrap. “I do projects that I think will inspire and lead people.”

When she saw a clip of “The Seventh Fire” at a time its filmmakers were looking to raise funds for post-production, it certainly fit the bill.

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“We watched a sample and I was immediately struck by the footage,” she said.

Holland acknowledged that she had no idea just how bad the drug problem had become in Native communities, and pointed out with horror that the film’s rough but patently likable protagonist, Brown, had been in 39 foster families. Riccobono said Holland’s devotion to the project and the issues it covered was legit.

“She’s very passionate in particular about helping people with addiction issues,” he told TheWrap. “I think that has to do with her personal history and her passion for helping people who struggle in this way. It’s been great getting a chance to work with her.”

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Riccobono said Brown introduced himself early on a visit to the reservation, and his charisma and force of personality really made the movie work.

“I think this is something that isn’t talked about that much when it comes to documentaries but there’s a real casting process that goes into it,” he said. “Someone real open who speaks well, and is at a real moment in their life when it comes to stuff that’s changing and a story to tell. We had several other subjects over the course of production who didn’t make it into the final cut.”

Holland certainly has plenty of stories to tell — but she’s mainly interested in ones that actually make a difference.

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“I’d love to do something on autism,” Holland said. “It’s such a widely rampant thing.”

Her life now involves a lot of time spent reading to her daughter, which the admitted bookworm enjoys. She also sees book-to-movie adaptations in Rich Hippie’s future.

“I always like optioning books,” she said.

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