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Checkpoint (2003)

DVD | Color
80 min | Full Screen.

Directed by Yoav Shamir
ISBN 1-930545-92-4
Price:  $19.95* Home Video includes Public Library Circulation rights.
Consumers Reviews


Awards
"WINNER
Best Int'l Documentary
Hot Docs Canadian Int'l Film Festival"

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"WINNER
Best Documentary
Amsterdam International Film Festival"

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"Joris Ivens Awards
Top Prize
Amsterdam Int'l Doc Film Festival"

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"Golden Gate Award
Best Documentary
SF Intl. Film Festival"

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"Best Documentary
Newport International Film Festival"

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"Docupolis Award
Best Documentary
Barcelona Docupolis"

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Critics Reviews
"Israeli director Yoav Shamir captures the day-to-day indignities inflicted upon Palestinians in the occupied territories without frills or exaggeration in the extraordinarily simple but powerful feature-length documentary Checkpoint. Featuring footage shot over a three-year period at checkpoints situated throughout the region, the film shows soldiers and border police, treating men, women and children with almost casual contempt as they attempt to travel from town to town on foot or in vehicles. Shamir's sympathies are hardly difficult to discern: though the Israelis occasionally come across as hapless conscripts, they more often appear to be needlessly unpleasant, and when one of them-in a rare direct address to the audience-dismisses the Palestinians as animals, the similarity to Nazi propaganda about the Jews is a shock. Add to this the repeated sequences of Palestinians treated in a brutally dismissive fashion-families routinely separated, children sent on their way weeping, young girls harasses-and one can't help but be roused to indignation. Checkpoint contains no narration, or even titles apart from indications of locale, but they're not necessary-the stark matter-of-factness of the film makes it a searing indictment of the occupation and its dehumanizing effect on both sides. Recommended."

-Video Librarian

"A masterful documentary."

-Chicago Tribune

"A must-see!"

-Chicago Sun Times

"Gripping...undeniably riveting cinema!"

-San Francisco Bay Guardian

Summary Over three million Palestinians live in The West Bank and Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli military authority since 1967. Israeli director Yoav Shamir documents the impact of the enforced boundaries known as "checkpoints" on the Israeli border guards drafted to monitor them and the Palestinian citizens who must pass through them daily.

Shot in a cinema verite style, a style of documentary film making that stresses unbiased realism, the film shows these anonymous, one-time encounters between both sides and the lasting political, social, and cultural effects.

Checkpoint gives a chilling look at the destructive impact on both societies.