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.
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