Amos Gitai: Territories [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Wadi, Grand Canyon 2001
The House
Censored by Israeli television, director Amos Gitai's controversial documentary tells the story of a West Jerusalem house with a most fascinating history. Originally the dwelling of a Palestinian doctor, the home was abandoned when the Arab-Israeli War broke out in 1948. Subsequently declared "vacant" by the Israeli government, the home was rented to Jewish-Algerian immigrants in 1956. Flash forward, and a university professor purchases the home with the intention of transforming it into a patrician villa. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Wadi, Ten Years Later
House in Jerusalem
Two decades after highlighting the growing pains of Israel in his 1978 documentary The House, director Amos Gitai reveals how each successive resident of the longstanding residence serves as a metaphor for the conditions in the young nation. By exploring the surrounding neighborhood, Gitai underscores the volatile conditions experienced by the Israelis who chose to settle in this part of Jerusalem while casting a light on the suffering experienced by the expropriated Palestinian family that contends with the pain of seeing something that was once theirs, and knowing that they'll never have it again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Arena of Murder
Those interested in the complexities of Israeli politics will be most in tune with this documentary exploration of the reaction that followed the assassination of leader Yitzhak Rabin in late 1995. The film's centerpiece is a three-part interview with Lea, Rabin's widow. This is interlaced with interviews with rock singer Aviv Geffen, the last person Rabin embraced, and military leaders Uri Simchoni and Avner Hakohen, both of whom served with Rabin in the 1973 war. Filmmaker Amos Gitai also offers his own personal insights and reactions as well as those from passerby. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Journal de Campagne
In spite of difficulties posed by soldiers, officials, and other authorities who tried to stop him from filming, director Amos Gitai stubbornly forged ahead with this documentary on the Israeli occupied areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Life in these regions is shown in all its variety, from the Israeli soldiers who mainly support the occupation (one does suggest the land should be returned to the Palestinians), to the markets and towns bustling with activity, to the farmers at work. There is also an interview with a mayor who was permanently disabled in a bomb blast, and overall, an attempt was made to present a complete picture of both Palestinian and Israeli life in these disputed territories. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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