My Land Zion | Chicago Reader

My Land Zion

The 2004 follow-up to My Terrorist is Yulie Cohen Gerstel's second in a proposed trilogy of three highly personal films documenting the impact of Zionism on Israelis and Palestinians. Even more controversial than the first, this installment begins with Gerstel's anxiety over her daughter's looming compulsory military service. Turning to her parents, the director is surprised by her father's frank recollections of his days in the Palmach. She also travels to the occupied territories to visit the widow of a slain settler and to Hungary with the son of a Holocaust survivor. These threads converge in a trip to Masada, a site that resonates with martyrdom and militarism. Exhausted as much by history as by the mountainous climb, Gerstel professes that however much she loves her country, “life is more important than land.” In English and subtitled Hebrew. 57 min.

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