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(Dec 18, 2002)
Winner: 2002 Carthage International Film Festival
* Best Film *
Winner: International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary Filmmaking & Reporting
Jenin Jenin, directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor and director Mohamed Bakri, includes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's Defensive Wall operation, during which the city and camp were the scenes of fierce fighting. The operation ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Palestinians as well as numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war crimes in the April 2002 attack on the refugee camp. Jenin Jenin shows the extent to which the prolonged oppression and terror has affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin.
Bitterness and grief are the prevailing feelings among the majority of the population. Many have lost loved ones or are still searching for victims and furniture among the debris. A little girl, who does not seem to be much older than twelve, tells her story but knows no fear. The ongoing violence in her day-to-day life only nourishes her feelings of hatred and the urge to take revenge. She tells what she would do to Prime Minister Sharon if he visited the camp and she shouts that the Palestinians will never give up the struggle. They will keep on producing children, who can continue the fight against injustice.
Banned in Israel, Jenin Jenin is dedicated to Iyad Samoudi, the producer of the film. On June 23, as Israeli forces besieged Yamun, Samoudi was shot and killed as he was leaving a military-closed area with three friends.
"Unfiltered and unvarnished...a testament to human dignity and strength." -- Ali Abunimah - The Electronic IntifadaSee all Editorial Reviews
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Jenin was simply another means within this process of eradication, a slow "ethnic cleansing" grabbing more land in the process with bogus construction fences(some 2 billion US dollars),to control the West Bank, that has aquifers beneath that supplies Israel and the settlements with water.
Jenin in northern West Bank, was the place of temporary unity of various militias, Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It was for three days April 2 to 5, 2002 that Israel tried to take over the camp were they resided that was booby-trapped. On April 9 the Israelis requested a ceasefire to evacuate eight wounded soldiers and 13 corpses, this after 60 Palestinians died, an unknown number injured and a massive destruction of property which had left some 5,000 Palestinians homeless.Israel had produced some 215 airstrikes, as well as numerous Apache helicopter incursions. On the Israeli side 23 soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in Jenin.
This film is banned in Israel,it is part of Sharon & Company's propaganda to keep Israelis as ignorant as possible on their "politicide". We hear more struggling voices here. The film is mostly interviews with Palestinians, children,mothers, and fathers who had seen their children die before them, or a father running unable to help his child who fell due to a explosion.An old man who walked with a cane, was shot by an Israeli soldier in his good leg,"for what reason. . . " He exclaimed. I had no weapon my hands were raised. "Now I am a complete cripple".
A 10 year girl who reads whatever she can has nothing but contempt for the Israelis, that they are simply another set of butchers. They will lose, she says.What? Morals, integrity, dignity,justice.
There is another Israel that Palestinians know little, of "refusniks" Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories, and have been sentenced to jail terms, or the various Israeli organizations as Peace Now, or Rabbis for Palestine who are working for a State of Palestine.
The fact that some Israeli soldiers are now suing Bakri is nothing to frighten you away from this film. The Israeli military, despite its defenders in the U.S., was condemned by numerous human rights organizations for its actions during the invasion. I personally know many Palestinians who could attest to numerous human rights violations, and I have encountered that army many many times over the years in living in the West Bank. In the past, the army was not like it is today, mainly because the settler movement is now inside the army. In the past, settlers would get exemptions for purposes of religious study. When Oslo was signed, they started to worry about Israel giving up settlements and started going in and staying in the army. This change in the composition of the armed forces helps account for the kind of brutality in the film as well as documented by many many Palestinians during that month.
I have showed this film to many, including students, who found it an excellent resource on what occured in the camp. What is fascinating about Jenin, Jenin is Israel's banning the film in Israel rather than engaging it. That banning was part of Israel's public relations machinery that churns out nonsense in the U.S. as well as Israel.
The film has a very funny ending, is not too long and highly educational. I recommend it without hesitation.