Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

Moishe wants to be the first religious military commander-in-chief. Taking us on a tour of his neighbourhood in the occupied West Bank, he points out an army firing range which backs on to a Palestinian district. If they miss the targets, well, maybe there will be one less Palestinian to worry about, he smirks. Of course he's just a kid, but he knows Israel belongs to the Jews, and he can prove it: what better evidence than the word of God? Then there's Sanabel, a young Palestinian girl whose father has been imprisoned without charge for the past two years. This award-winning documentary explores the political faultlines tearing up Israel by focusing on the experiences of seven children, aged 9 to 13. The kids are Palestinian and Jewish, religious and secular, and live within 20 minutes of each other - yet in this deeply segregated society it's only when the film-makers intervene that there's any interaction between them. Shot between 1997 and the summer of 2000, this clear, cogent documentary is a useful primer on the roots of the conflict, and, despite its explicit liberal-humanist agenda, ultimately a depressing warning sign of more trouble ahead. It's impossible not to be moved by the injustices inflicted on the Palestinians.


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Justine Shapiro, BZ Goldberg, Carlos Bolado