Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Mohammad Bakri's Jenin Jenin (2002) documents the West Bank town of Jenin after a violent clash with the Israeli Defense Forces in April 2002. Bakri spoke to residents about the fighting and its aftermath, assembling the interview footage into a statement against Israel's military actions in Palestinian refugee camps in general. Bakri weaves individual stories with scenes of damaged and demolished areas in Jenin; conversations with children (top still) are treated with the same respect given to the adults. The film ends with an unexpected comic moment as a man (second still) surrounded by a growing crowd of onlookers pretends (holding a shoe) to make a phone call to the UN to ask for more international attention to the situation in Jenin.