Directed by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi. Academy award nominated documentary (2012). This film is ground breaking in that it is a joint Israeli/Palestinian project with a distinctly Palestinian narrative.
Al Nakba: Aljazeera series
This is a really expansive four-part documentary (2013) that drills down into the realities of the founding of Israel. Excellent archive work.
Canticle of the Stones
Director Michel Khleifi (1990). Tough to get, but a good look at the first uprising by a Palestinian director. One great line I’ll never forget: “If they kill us all the stones will throw themselves.” Find out more.
Circle of Deceit
This poetic film by Volker Schlondorff (1981), centered in Lebanon, is a bit more oblique, but it deals with people – outsiders – bearing witness to and trying to cope with the conflict. Available to rent online.
Created by PeA Holmquist, Joan Mandell, and Pierre Bjorklund (1984), this is the first feature documentary about Gaza. A corrosively clear picture of Israel’s behavior in Gaza. Available to rent online.
Hanna K, directed by Costa-Gavras (1983), is said to be the film that made Costa “a bitter man.” Its distribution was inexplicably yanked in the U.S. It is a rough fictionalization of Lea Tsemel’s work, and it is one powerful film. Edward Said, in the Village Voice, wrote, “As a political as well as cinematic intervention.. Hanna K. is a statement of a great and I believe, lasting significance.” Available on VHS(!) if you search online.
Director: Annemarie Jacir; Produced by Danny Glover (2009). An exile returns and gets a terrible dose of the Zionist reality. It’s poetic, sometimes funny, and thoroughly grounded in reality. More info.
The Law in These Parts
Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (2011). The history of Israel's military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. (if the term “legal system” has any real meaning in the occupied Palestinian territories.) Available to view online.
The Wanted 18
New (2014) film to which I contributed footage. The Wanted 18 is making the rounds right now. It focuses on the tax strike in 1989 in Beit Sahour, just outside Bethlehem. I’ll never forget the night Israeli soldiers forced Palestinians out of their homes in the night to paint over graffiti reading “No Taxation Without Representation.” Find out more.