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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Incredible documentary without commentary, where we see how Israeli soldiers behave with Palestinians in the everyday task of make their lives harder and harder (in the checkpoints). Poignant, strong, direct to the point. Do you need more similar statements?
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2005
Format: DVD
I have never felt compelled to write a review until I saw this movie. As a non-political American I have heard for years about the checkpoints where the Israeli border guards meet the Palestinian citizens, and I really did not understand. This movie is riveting. I can only call the treatment of the Palestinians trying to get through the checkpoint humiliating (and shocking). The woman are harassed and the men are abused. The border guards fair no better in system that places these young men in situations beyond their training or capacity for judgement. It is a real-time tragedy unfolding on the screen, full of hapless players, endless conflict, and implied ripples for generations. When the old Palestinian heads for the border line saying "Shoot me" you wonder how far it will go. If you love freedom, this movie is painful.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2006
Format: DVD
My eyes never left the film while watching this documentary. It actually gives a little taste of what the checkpoints are like in the West Bank and Gaza. This film connected me with the Palestinian people, to what they have to endure everyday. Imagine, wanting to take your sick child to a clinic, yet having to beg a young israeli soldier in the cold rain to let you through, then being sent back home for no reason at all... it all depends on what mood those soldiers are in, even if you have an id card and are thoroughly searched, and having to stand in the cold for hours... it just depend's on THEIR mood if you get in or not. I would recommend this film to anyone who has no idea about the israeli/palestinian conflict. I have already lent my copies to dozens, who have all praised the film!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
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Funny how all the reviewers who say this is a one-sided, pro-Palestinian film seem to have forgotten WHO directed and produced it: ISRAELIS. This was not created by Palestinians or Palestinian sympathizers, looking to put the border police in a bad light. Clearly, the border police are putting themselves in their own bad light: harassing old men, harassing young women, making people stand unnecessarily in the rain and snow, separating children from their parents, stopping the sick from getting medical treatment...I've seen it firsthand. This is what happens there. Every day. If a few Palestinians are losing their patience and throwing rocks or worse, it's because 60 years of being persecuted is getting to them. Shame on Israel and every country that supports it. Thank you to the producers who were willing to show an ugly truth about their own people.
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12 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2006
Format: DVD
I am a little surprised at all the praise heaped on this film. That is not to say that what was presented in this film is not poignant and disturbing. What bothered me about the film is how little context the checkpoints and the overall situation was placed in. Without the overall context I cannot make an adequate judgment about the situation. I would have liked more information regarding the history of the checkpoints. Why were they established? Why are they sometimes closed? How easy is it to get a permit? All I have is another piece of a puzzle that seems to have an endless number of pieces. Having said that I also think that the movie came across as one-sided. If you agree with the side than you think the movie is brilliant and portrays the truth. If you disagree with that side the movie is pure propaganda. Some might say that the documentary filmmakers just acted as flies on the wall and therefore the film is impartial. But the truth is that the film was shot over two years and the film gathered over those two years was edited down to eighty minutes by human (and therefore biased) hands. If you are interested in this subject than I definitely suggest that you watch this movie, but I adamantly ask for you to not let you studies end there. This is definitely not the whole story.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Very happy with the service, but the video quality was disappointing. It seemed to be a poor copy.
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2010
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Given the high praise for this film, I was expecting quite a bit more. I assume that this is the worst of what was seen over a 2-year period. Most of it was quite sad and one scene in particular (an Israeli soldier making derogatory remarks about Palestinians)was especially disgusting. I thoroughly understand that this is a touchy subject and I am no apologist for Israeli settlements, BUT (and this is a HUGE but)
there is certainly another side to this story. Israelis have lived in fear of Palestinian terrorism even before Israel controlled the West Bank. Palestinians rejected a 2-state solution (proposed by the UN) in 1947, but now they say they are interested in this solution. Arafat turned down a 2-state solution in 2000-2001 (read Dennis Ross' book -- he was there) and even some leaders from other Arab states were dismayed by his negative response.

Do Israeli leaders sometimes make very poor political decisions? Yes.

Do Palestinians leaders frequently refuse to seek common ground with Israel in order to bring this struggle to an end? Yes.

If you're going to watch this film (and I do think it is worth watching), be sure to do a lot more reading on this subject before you draw any conclusions. There is plenty of blame to go around here.
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