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Mur (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: Aug 26, 2005
• UK: 3 Dec 2004

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country France, Israel

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• Mur
• Wall

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Genre: Documentary

Plot: Simone Bitton, director of this thoughtful documentary, was born in Morocco to Jewish parents. She speaks Arabic, French, and Hebrew, identifies as both an Arab and a Jew, and finds herself entirely conflicted by the barrier being erected along the border between Israel and Gaza. The film is essentially a rumination upon the wall, as both a metaphor and a very real manifestation of the region’s turmoil. Bitton’s camera lingers upon its construction and immense presence while interviews with those it effects—on both sides—establish the many ways the wall touches those who live in its shadow. Many of the interviewees refuse to be filmed, afraid of the consequences of speaking their minds, and only their voices and names are heard. Ironies abound, including the fact that the wall, still under construction in many areas, is being built in large part by Arabs. When Bitton asks the foreman why they would want to build a wall around themselves, he blithely states that it’s good for them, it gives them jobs and keeps them fed; the question of the wall’s consequences is deftly avoided. Similarly, the Minister of Defense delivers Bitton a well-constructed line, glibly acknowledging the wall’s environmental toll before asserting that "it’s all the Palestinians’ fault." Meanwhile, civilians

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