30.09. - 09.10.2021

Checkpoint Israel 2003 | 80 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2015

Yoav Shamir

The documentary films of Yoav Shamir (*1970) look critically at Israeli politics. Checkpoint has won numerous awards, including Best Film at the Hot Doc Festival in Toronto and at the IDFA in Amsterdam.

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"Terrorists don't use border crossings!" – "It's your own fault!" An everyday dialogue at a checkpoint between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Long queues form at border crossings. The checks are rigorous, often exaggerated. A family is separated because the soldiers don't see why the father also has to be present at a medical examination. An ambulance is stopped and every passenger asked what exact treatment they need. And every schoolchild has to get off their bus, even though they cross the border on a daily basis. Some of the Israeli soldiers exploit the power they have, others are visibly uncomfortable with it. Checkpoint moves from humiliation to duty, protection and harassment and is a searing portrait of an absurd transit practice that is still in place today.
Original title: Machssomim
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
Section: Deluxe
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Yoav Shamir
Producer: Amit Breuer, Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky
Director of Photography: Yoav Shamir
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Editor: Era Lapid
Sound: 0
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Format: DigiBeta (PAL)
Printsource: Eden Productions
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Production: Amythos Films; Eden Productions
Contact: Amit Breuer, Amythos Media:


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