Diameter of the Bomb | Chicago Reader

Diameter of the Bomb

Documentarians Steven Silver and Andrew Quigley revisit the 2002 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem bus that left 20 dead and 50 wounded. Balanced and incisive, their account traces the events leading up to the attack and records the aftermath in interviews with surviving family members, doctors, a fireman, and a bus driver who was scheduled to work the fateful route but happened to switch shifts. The explosion's impact on the victims is described in heart-rending detail, and there's a quick but jolting shot of the bomber's remains, his face so perfectly separated from his shattered skull as to be, quite literally, a death mask. This Canadian-British coproduction recalls David Ofek's Israeli documentary No. 17 Is Anonymous (2003), though sadly, all too many films could be made along these lines. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic. 86 min.

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