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Yellow Asphalt

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As western culture gradually began to infiltrate the Judean desert, once the sole domain of the Bedouin tribes, the convergence of contemporary mores and ancient traditions was unavoidable. At the edge of modern Israel and the Bedouin way of life, three dramatic encounters between two very different societies set the stage for Yellow Asphalt: the tragic death of a Bedouin boy on the asphalt road cutting the desert in two; the impossible marriage between a German woman and her Bedouin husband and the forbidden love affair of a Bedouin maid and her Israeli employer. Shot on location in the exotic landscapes of the Judean desert with the participation of the Bedouin tribe "Jahalin," at the heart of Yellow Asphalt are tales of the human condition - of passion and deceit, carelessness and love, courage and selfishness, in which no one culture has a monopoly on virtue or vice.

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Product Details

  • Actors:  Motti Katz Moshe Ivgy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000929URI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Yellow Asphalt" on IMDb

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By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on September 26, 2006
Format: DVD
This film is fascinating, startling, and haunting in its presentation of three different stories that all have a connection to a Bedouin tribe, although the stories themselves are not related. Each story presents a view of how traditional and modern cultures can clash or collide with unpredicatable results ... The music created by Yves Touati includes several oud, dumbka, and violins, as well as other traditional instruments of the Middle East, the unusual melody is appealing and mysterious, a perfect beginning for what the viewer is about to experience.

Each story is very different from the other, each begins with the Judean desert as a witness to events: the sand dunes, dry stones, and jagged, rugged peaks speak of eternity, a timelessness, a haunting beauty that contrasts with the stories which are in the here and now. The first story titled "Yellow Asphalt" could also be renamed "Accident" ... Two Israeli truck drivers are driving down a two lane highway which divides the desert, they accidentally hit a young Bedouin boy aged about 8 - 10 years old. The truck comes to a screeching halt after the body is tossed like a rag doll. Out of nowhere and everywhere, seven or eight Bedouin men walk toward the scene. A woman in a burka, drops in grief, as we hear her sobs. The Israeli men speakng to each other say, "They're going to kill us." One explains to the Bedoiuns, "It was an accident, 'Inshallah' [it is the will of Allah].". They offer up a huge truck tire which is accepted and rolled away, while one carries the lifeless body of the victim back to the village. The woman remains ... grieving quietly for her son.

In the second story, titled, "Black Spot" ... A Bedouin woman with unusual blue eyes, is covered in a burka from head to toes.
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These three vignettes are films I will want to see again and again. The characters are bound up in timely dilemmas which lead to deeper truths than mere politics of adversity. The stories achieve a human commonality between conflicting cultures that is never sentimental or rationalistic for either side. Not just good drama, but good reporting of the human condition from filmakers who care about people.
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This is a smart and thought provoking Israeli trilogy. The Bedouins of the Judean desert and the Israeli settlers think, act and live their daily lives in different settings. But, they both have the potential to harbor vengeance and practice violence. They are also capable of rare but futile nobility.

--- In the opening short episode a truck kills a road-crossing boy, and as an appeasement to the the boy's tribe members, the truckers give away a contraption. This inanimate proxy for life lost seems to have diffused intense wordless tension that follows the accident.
--- A Western woman married to a Bedouin attempts a futile escape with her two children in the second episode. The erstwhile love and unlikely romance between her and her Bedouin husband has faded. An ostensibly well-meaning driver attempts in vain to help her escape.
--- In the last, an illicit affair between a married Jewish farm owner and his Bedouin maid ends tragically, but also brings out loyalty and compassion from an employee of the farm. The conflicted farm hand's wisdom and stability are impressive.

My interest and attention remained strong because of the location shots, unusual indigenous traditions, minimalist conversations and polar opposites in the personalities. A pastel of familiar and old human emotions, both vile and laudable, dance through the encounters between the cultures. Most reviewers have commented on how acutely does this movie portray the clash of cultural values. I agree; however this is not its forte in my opinion. It is commonplace for cultures to cohere, clash or coexist. This does not impress me as much as the unhappy lot of the women in the Bedouin culture or any other culture for that matter.
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This is a series of 3 short films about life in Israel and the territories. One touches on a complex marriage between a Bedouin and a German woman, another on an affair between an Israeli and Palestinian, another on a freak accidnt on an Israeli highway. Great stuff, my HS students loved them.
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By Sharad Yadav on September 14, 2005
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The movie is pretty grim. It is a disjointed collection of three short stories. The transition from one story to another is abrupt and confusing. This is more of a documentary feature than a feature film.

Some reviews talk about exotic locations and haunting cinematography. I think the movie scored poorly from an aesthetic perspective as well. A panoramic shot of the Judean desert doesn't exactly qualify as hypnotic. Another movie called "The Beast of war" was shot in the Judean desert and even though it was a raging war movie, the exquisite cinematography captured the viewer's attention.

The only redeeming factor about this movie is that it isn't biased. Everybody (the Bedouins and the more upscale urban Israelis) have been measured on an equal scale.
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