With his fourth docu­men­tary on two Pales­tinian fami­lies, George Sluizer brings the large Israeli-Pales­tinian conflict back to human propor­tions — but this cannot miti­gate his anger.

In 1974 and 1983, George Sluizer shot three docu­men­taries on two Pales­tinian fami­lies in refugee camps. Now, at an advanced age and walking with crutches or seated in a wheel­chair after an aneurysm, he revisits the fami­lies that adopted him like a son and takes stock with them. The hope for peace — or for a sepa­rate country — has never been flim­sier. The large-scale conflict brought back to human propor­tions, by a man on a mission. Take a day off from your crusade and spend it to enjoy the country of Israel — you will love it’, a Jew immi­grant snarls at the film­maker. The director imme­di­ately takes revenge visu­ally, by contrasting this state­ment with a scene in which Pales­tinians are driven from hearth and home by a construc­tion crew consisting of more soldiers than construc­tion workers. Sluizer is furious: at respon­sible Zionist master­minds like Sharon, and at the rest of the world for contin­u­ously looking the other way.

Credits

Set geluid
Co-producer
VPRO
Al Jazeera Sales Netherlands
Belgium Cinema Delicatessen
Production company
Sluizer Films BV
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Homeland
Year: 2010
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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