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Jenin Jenin
Jenin Jenin
Director: Mohamed Bakri
Genres: Special Interests, Television
NR     2002     0hr 54min

Winner: 2002 Carthage International Film Festival — * Best Film * Winner: International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary Filmmaking & Reporting Jenin Jenin, directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor and director Mo...  more »


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Director: Mohamed Bakri
Genres: Special Interests, Television
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television
Studio: Arab Film Distribution
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/18/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 0hr 54min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Don't watch this movie because Israel banned it
Glutton for books | Washington, DC USA | 01/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was initially banned when released in Israel, due to allegations that it was a vehicle of propaganda and included lies. Within the last year the Israeli court decision to ban the movie was over turned. In the documentary, director Mohamed Bakri interviews people from Jenin whose houses were demolished, who witnessed the many deaths and destruction of property that resulted from the violent Israeli incursion into the West Bank town of Jenin in 2002.

Israeli and International Human Rights groups, as well as many foreign countries denounced the incursion, since collective punishment (such as Israel's routine demolishing houses of suspected criminals; which leaves many families rather than only an alleged criminal homeless) is illegal. There were also stories of an incredible amount or casualites.

Israel refused to allow the UN-appointed commission of inquiry or any medical teams to investigate the area during and immediately following the attack (denial of medical teams to treat the injured also violates international law). People who were present described the scene as the equivalnet of genocide and the term massacre was used frequently by reporters who finally found a way to enter Jenin. Photoraphers who were seen attempting to take photos of the destrcution were shot at by Israeli Defense Forces. I remember seeing the horrifying images in papers because I was in Europe at the time, where coverage of the Middle Eat is more objective, and they gave nightmares. By comparison, the US media paid little attention.

The Israelis who opposed this film, and not all do, claim that one the people interviewed did not really sustain his injuries from the Israeli actions (the old man in the hospital). They also claimed that an insufficient number of people died in order for the act to be considered "genocidal" or "a massacre."

The movie lets the victims tell their version of the story, which the US media never covers. I doubt it, but I suppose there is a possibility that the onld man may be a person who embellished his tale for the documentary, just as there has been books written by Jews (and well received by book critics) about the horrors of the Holocaust, but who in fact actually lied when they said that they personally experienced them.

What is devastating to watch is the all the children who are casualties of the war, and to hear the hatred that is being caused by the violence. Here is a new generation displaced, and full of more anger than any before. How can practices that excite such hatred and hoplessness help improve prospects for peace?

The facts that remain undisputed: that many civilians died and much personal property was destroyed; the level of destruction; and that many children were made homeless, are scarred for life (and it is easy to see how they could feel hopeless about peace and become the new recruits for suicide bombing). When Israeli forces destroy Palestian homes, the Israeli state prevents most from rebuilding their houses, by denying them permits and demolishing any houses that are built without the permits. The documentary is not able to demonstrate fully the extent of the damage.

As an American, it is sickening to watch the docmumentary and realize that the US is paying for this destruction; it gives Israel more aid than any other country and most of the aid is received in the form of arms used to ruin the lives of Palestinians. It also made me wonder what the US troops are doing to the Iraqi civlians, since they recieved training from Israeli forces, and the US media is nortorious for only preenting the story that the US administration wants its people to hear in times of war.

Remember too, while watching this that Jenin is in the West Bank. Palestinians either live in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, and there is a great difference in living standards between the two. More documentaries (Gaza Strip, A Death in Gaza) have been made that demonstrate the institutionalized horrors of living under Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip, which the inhabitants and the IDF stationed there often refer to as "hell." In comparison, the West Bank has more arable land, much of the water that the Israeli population uses, and is much more desiraeble to Israeli settlers. Any destruction of Palestinian property in the West Bank seems like a covert tactic to encourage the people to flee as refugees, so that new illegal settlements can be built by the Israeli state and more Palestinian land can be be grabbed."
An Amazing Film.
Morteza Aalami | 12/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To the people who have stated that this film is a fraud, and that such massacres have never occurred in Jenin SHAME ON YOU. How could you say that. You are worse than those who deny the Holocaust happening. Why must history repeat itself in a gross manner? Considering I have lived in Jenin, I find this film to be extremely accurate. A must see."
Two Thumbs Up, Way Up
Morteza Aalami | 03/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A bunch of us watched this movie last night and I tell you, there was not one dry eye in the house. It is amazing that in this day and age, a country [Israel] can literally get away with murder.Run to buy this and judge for yourself. You will see first hand the old men, the children, the doctors and the grieving mothers of Jenin. You will hear how much the prolonged oppression and terror has affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin and elsewhere in the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank. You will see the aftermath of the April 2002 attack which flattened homes and buried an unknown number of civilians -- scenes reminiscent of (if not worse than) South-African Apartheid at its height."
Spell Bounding
Benjamin R. James | Monticello, Mn. USA | 12/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For anyone who is not informed on how the Palestanians are oppressed you must see this video. The day to day life and death struggles the Palestanians have to endure at the hands of the Israeli Government, comes across in its most raw images."