Israel’s 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories unfolds through provocative interviews with the system’s architects and historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.
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The Law, like History, is written by the winners.
I recommend watching this documentary in conjunction with The Gatekeepers.
"It is the very definition of the occupation as ‘temporary’, and the definition of every violation of rights as merely ‘temporary’ evils, that has allowed Israeli society and its courts to ignore these ongoing acts." ( Eyal Weizman, Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation)
This doc concerns consequences when a temporary exercise of order and security law becomes part of a permanent juridical apparatus as the case of Israeli in Occupied Territories of Palestina and, at the same time, it questions itself as language in charge of communicate it. The original staging takes into account the viewer as part of the judge system circuit, that's truly consistent as visual research work.
I mean, its one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Full on perspective, this idea doc's should be impartial are hogwash, they are filmmakers, not journalists. The use of the images, the controlled questioning, the whole method is ingenious and it gets down to the nature of law really being about the nature of power, and who gets determine it and why.
Builds the background slowly but becomes increasingly compelling. It's interesting how the judges interviewed variously defend, criticize, justify, rationalize, resign to, and condemn the actions and policies of the Israeli occupation. some express powerful denial; some poignant resignation to doing the best they can in a bad situation.