[It] makes no pretense at balance - it's unambiguously pro-Palestinian - but it offers a unique and intimate record.
Truth isn't pro-Israel. It's past time for American reviewers to get around this fact and stop demanding "balance" whenever reality is portrayed in such a way that it clashes with their silly conceptions about the conflict. Palestinians are occupied, have their lands stolen, are intimidated by Israeli police, soldiers and settlers -- this is the reality. And when reality doesn't prove your biases right, you should consider changing your opinions, instead of demanding "balance" from filmmakers.
Oct 6 - 03:07 PM
The reviewer never 'demanded' balance, he just claimed that the movie is from a Palestinians point of view, which it is. There are two sides to every coin and whilst the actions of the Israeli army in this particular West Bank villiage are inexcusable, it is quite different to the scenario concerning Gaza- this film de facto implies that the conflicts in the West Bank and Gaza are the same, which they are not. The people in this movie are peacful and innocent victims, but the same cannot be said of many in Gaza.
This was never meant to be a balanced movie, but the account of a Palestinian- and that's fine. However it is fair to mention that this film does not provide ANY contrasting ideas, although I doubt any Israeli argument could justify the actions in this particular part of the West Bank.
Oct 22 - 10:18 PM