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Director: Yoav Shamir
Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 20min

Over three million Palestinians live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli military authority since 1967. Israeli director Yoav Shamir documents the impact of the enforced boundaries known as "check...  more »


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Director: Yoav Shamir
Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Documentary
Studio: Choices, Inc.
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Arabic
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Powerful film
Gutenburg | 06/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have never felt compelled to write a review until I saw this movie. As a non-political American I have heard for years about the checkpoints where the Israeli border guards meet the Palestinian citizens, and I really did not understand. This movie is riveting. I can only call the treatment of the Palestinians trying to get through the checkpoint humiliating (and shocking). The woman are harassed and the men are abused. The border guards fair no better in system that places these young men in situations beyond their training or capacity for judgement. It is a real-time tragedy unfolding on the screen, full of hapless players, endless conflict, and implied ripples for generations. When the old Palestinian heads for the border line saying "Shoot me" you wonder how far it will go. If you love freedom, this movie is painful."
gal in stl | STL, MO | 02/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My eyes never left the film while watching this documentary. It actually gives a little taste of what the checkpoints are like in the West Bank and Gaza. This film connected me with the Palestinian people, to what they have to endure everyday. Imagine, wanting to take your sick child to a clinic, yet having to beg a young israeli soldier in the cold rain to let you through, then being sent back home for no reason at all... it all depends on what mood those soldiers are in, even if you have an id card and are thoroughly searched, and having to stand in the cold for hours... it just depend's on THEIR mood if you get in or not. I would recommend this film to anyone who has no idea about the israeli/palestinian conflict. I have already lent my copies to dozens, who have all praised the film!"
You can't fool all people all the time...
Pablo Martin Podhorzer | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 10/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Incredible documentary without commentary, where we see how Israeli soldiers behave with Palestinians in the everyday task of make their lives harder and harder (in the checkpoints). Poignant, strong, direct to the point. Do you need more similar statements?"