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Checkpoint - every day life in Israel - Documentary

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, 'Checkpoint' depicts
the harsh and banal routine of these crossing points and documents the
day-to-day situations that form a microcosm of the situation. The
cameras film in a pure and non-manipulative manner so that the viewer
feels part of the experience of 'checkpoint culture'. The film is an
attempt to show the more human side of the situation, and, as with any
such depiction, will show all aspects of the human condition - from the
'jobsworth' IDF recruits refusing to allow any variation from their
'orders', from the most obnoxious of members of the border security
police at the Bethlehem checkpoint through to the very humane IDF
soldier at the Nablus South checkpoint, we are presented with young men
who are ultimately responsible for the overseeing of their country's
security. Balanced by this is the terrible plight of how the situation
affects 'ordinary' Palestinians. An ambulance stopped and searched,
ditto a school bus - both will ensure a lot of anger at such depictions -
until it is understood that both modes of transport have been used in
the past for the carrying of explosives. It does not alter the impact on
the Palestinians themselves - the checkpoints are mostly unacceptable.
BUt the film at least humanises the process and delves behind some of
the headline news.


Added: Sep-4-2012 Occurred On: Sep-4-2012
By: CptSpaulding
In:
Other Middle East
Tags: Israel, war, idf
Location: Israel (load item map)
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