Filmmaker Amos Gitai chats with a young resident of the occupied West Bank in his doc "West of the Jordan River.”
Photo (c) 1994-AGAV Films, courtesy of Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
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A new documentary warns of Israel's slow "suicide" if it pushes ahead and annexes large swaths of the West Bank.The film follows groups like Breaking the Silence, set up by veteran Israeli soldiers to talk about the reality of life in the occupied territories, and The Parents Circle, a cross-community support group for families who have lost loved ones in the conflict, as well as journalists from the liberal Haaretz newspaper who report on Palestinian areas.Picking up where his acclaimed documentaries "Field Diary" and "Arena of Murder" left off, Gitai traces Israel's malaise to the assassination of premier Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist in 1995 as he was trying to push through a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Since then he insists Israel has not had a leader with the vision or courage to "make peace with its neighbors".
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