This Is My Land . . . Hebron | Chicago Reader

This Is My Land . . . Hebron

Documentary makers Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson look at Jewish settlements in Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank. The style of this 2010 video is strictly TV—talking heads, infographics, news clips—but the street footage is striking. (One scene of Israeli soldiers trying without success to mediate a dispute over an olive garden is more effective than any number of slickly animated maps.) The structure is half-hearted but the images are succinct, which suggests that the directors know where and what to shoot better than they understand how to use the material. Nonetheless, this is fascinating and revealing; the fact that a movie as shaky as this one can make a convincing case against the settlers speaks for itself. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.


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