Checkpoint (original title: Machssomim) is a 2003 documentary film by
Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir, showing the everyday interaction between
Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians at several of the regions
Israel Defence Forces checkpoints. The film won five awards at various
film festivals, including Best International Documentary at the Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Dozens of checkpoints
lie scattered throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, manned by the
Israeli Defence Forces. Thousands of Palestinians pass through them
every day, making them one of the major meeting points between both
sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many different encounters
occur at these checkpoints each and every day, revealing a reality with
its own rules and regulations, a reality that has a destructive impact
on both societies.
Filmed over two years, 'Check
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