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Wall

Shot on video and transferred to 35-millimeter, this 2004 documentary by Simone Bitton is a leisurely study of the Israeli security wall now under construction. The film unfolds mostly in extended long shots of the landscape, with commentary from Jews and Palestinians, most of them standing offscreen out of concern for their safety. Intercut with these cinematic postcards is an interview with General Amos Yaron of the defense ministry, who sits at a table flanked by Israeli flags as he defends the wall. With its rigid formal conception, this can be maddeningly dull, yet it presents a wealth of social detail and some penetrating wisdom from the unseen citizens, none of whom seems to think that razor wire or slabs of concrete will end the age-old antagonism. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles. 100 min.

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