Checkpoint – a documentary film
I saw this documentary when I was on the Jury for the Newport Film Festival. I tried to persuade my fellow jurors to give it the best documentary award, they didn’t go for it. But, regardless of your feelings on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, I think it is an incredible document of the challenges of segregation, the frustration of military rules and orders and the insanity of the whims of power.
You can read more about it on wikipedia.
Checkpoint (original title: Machssomim) is a 2003 documentary film by Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir, showing the everyday interaction between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians at several of the regions Israel Defence Forces checkpoints. The film won five awards at various film festivals, including Best International Documentary at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, best feature-length documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Golden Gate Award for Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Although the film was generally well received, it was also controversial and reactions from audience members and critics were sometimes very angry.