Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel | Chicago Reader

Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel

“We're human, unlike the Arabs,” says an Israeli soldier in this 2003 documentary. The remark sums up the bias of Western media in covering Baghdad and the West Bank, a bias that makes this an eye-opening experience. Named after United Nations Resolution 181 (which divided Palestine into two states in 1947), the film is a road diary following the two directors, Michel Khleifi of Palestine and Eyal Sivan of Israel, along the resulting boundary; it gets closer to the everyday facts of Arab-Jewish relations in all their complexity than any other documentary I've seen. Its three discrete parts—covering the south, the center, and the north—run 84 minutes each and can be seen in any order.

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