This stark, stunned doc seeks out voices on both sides of the under-construction Israeli security wall, a gerrymandering hybrid of concrete, electronic fence, and barbed wire – though only old Sharon crony Amos Yaron of the Ministry of Defence waxes positive about it. A young Israeli father whose backyard is partly demarcated by the fence offers his house as host site to a peace conference; a Palestinian farmer notes bitterly that the wall – ironically built by many job-poor Palestinians – is a Machiavellian method by which to expropriate his fertile land. Using long, patient takes, Bitton is committed to recording the project’s wanton degradation of the environment: droning bulldozers vomit up piles of earth, while cranes arrange great cement-and-gravel slabs that block out the horizon, as well as any glimmer of hope or reason.
Friday December 3 2004
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