Checkpoint | Chicago Reader


This 2003 documentary by Yoav Shamir is a cinema verite exploration of the confrontations between soldiers and ordinary Palestinians who have to pass through Israeli checkpoints. Remarkably, his depiction of the indignities suffered by the Palestinians is untainted by rhetorical excess or heavy-handed editorializing. Scenes in which Palestinians, seeking medical help or traveling to jobs or relatives' homes, are taunted by bored, badly trained soldiers speak for themselves. It's a reminder that it's possible both to abhor the continuing suicide bombings and feel morally outraged by a government that insists on treating all Palestinians as potential terrorists. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic. 80 min.

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