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Best Documentary Amsterdam Intl Doc Fest
Best Documentary European Film Awards
Best Documentary Hot Docs Festival
"A masterful documentary...The key element is the humanity it shows on both sides...Of all Israeli films on this subject, this is the most unbiased and honest and also one of the most valuable." -Chicago Tribune
A must-see!" -Chicago Sun-Times
Three million Palestinians live in the occupied territories of the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip. Scattered throughout the region are dozens of
checkpoints where Israeli soldiers detain Palestinians trying to get home,
visit relatives, or receive medical treatment. Filming at key roadblocks in
all corners of Israel between 2001 and 2003, director-cameraman Yoav Shamir
provides a rigorous indictment of his country's siege mentality. A young
Israeli soldier describes his job as "putting on a show" and at times that
is how the encounters between top dog and underdog appear. The guards
inconvenience, humiliate, and otherwise make the desperate, defensive
pilgrims as uncomfortable as possible. The Palestinians, in turn, are
obedient, reproachful, imploring, and belligerent. "Terrorists don't come
through checkpoints," one man insists as he is turned away. This
extraordinary documentary is a chilling look at the combination of judicious
balance and provocation , as well as the destructive impact of the
occupation on both societies.
Directed by Yoav Shamir, Israel, 2003,
BetaSP, 80 mins. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles.