Close, Closed, Closure

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A prison with one million inmates. That's how the people of the Gaza Strip regard their land.Gaza is an area of 288 square kilometers surrounded by an electric fence. Lacking natural resources and being one of the poorest places on earth -- Gaza is dependent on its ties with Israel -- its enemy.Made by an Israeli and Palestinian crew, CLOSE, CLOSED, CLOSURE shows the nerve-racking process of getting people in and out, and the growing frustration and deprivation of the local population, amongst the reasons for the "second intifada" and the present-day blood bath.The film also presents the different Israeli standpoints -- right wingers who consider the occupation legitimate, and doves who are willing to give up the occupied territories as part of a peace treaty.Questions raised by the director are interspersed with comments from Palestinians and confrontations between settlers and Israeli pacifists.The film asks: In this never ending conflict, where the spilled blood makes every stone a symbol -- where every image is fraught with meaning -- is it possible to see and hear things as they are? -- © First Run/Icarus Films


Ram Loevy
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The freer and more sophisticated approach of Divine Intervention makes these traditional-minded documentaries look somewhat stodgy and old-fashioned by comparison, but both have a value as reportage.

Jan 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Give[s] human voices to what are usually presented as abstract issues.

Feb 1, 2003 | Full Review…

An important look at the hell-hole known as Gaza and how the political situation makes the lives of its inhabitants even worse.

Jan 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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