Germany / Czech Republic 2015, 72 min, Hebrew, Arabic and English, Hebrew & English subtitles
Josef Koudelka tried to convince himself that he really wasn’t interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As someone who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, however, he felt a deep urge to photograph the long and winding Separation Barrier that Israel is building. Almost fifty years after this award-winning Czech photographer documented the Soviet invasion of his country, he captures harsh, frustrating, breathtaking images of a land trampled by hundreds of kilometers of wall, a wall that separates two peoples into two enormous prisons. Director Gilad Baram was Koudelka’s assistant during the four years he spent visiting the length of the wall, accompanying him when he crawled beneath barbed wire, talking to children and soldiers alike in an effort to understand.
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