No. 17

David Ofek's 2003 video begins as a quest to put a face and a name to an unidentified victim of a suicide bombing in Israel, then becomes a cri de coeur against terrorism. He interviews surviving passengers, constructs a seating map of the bus, and, in a long and intriguing sequence, gets a talented police sketch artist to draw conjectural portraits of the deceased. The drawings yield a clue, and a DNA test establishes that he was Eliko Timsit, a small-time con artist whose family hadn't reported his absence because he frequently disappeared. His remains are disinterred and his weeping relatives give him a religious funeral. In Hebrew with subtitles. 76 min.

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