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    Telluride Film Festival Review: Palestinian Informant Faces Tough Choices In Somber Award-Winning Drama 'Bethlehem'

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fertile ground for stories of daily life interrupted by wartime discord, but only recently has cinema from the region succeeded at exploring the humanity on both sides of the border. Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's "Paradise Now" and recent Cannes entry "Oma...

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    Political Pics on Khmer Rouge and Palestinian Occupation Win Cannes Prizes

    It's not the first time a documentary has won a top prize in Cannes -- Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" paved the way in 2004 -- but it's still a rare day in France when nonfiction takes center stage. On Saturday, the awards in the Un Certain Regard sidebar were handed out, with Cambodian filmmaker...

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    "My Neighbourhood" Exposes Israelis Brutal Displacement of Palestinian Families

    "I hate them, I hate them for a reason," says Mohammed El Kurd, the young boy who is at the center of Julia Bacha's Peabody-winning short film "My Neighborhood," which bracingly shows the experiences of Palestinian families being displaced from their homes in East Jerusalem by brutish Orthodox Jewis...

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    "The Gatekeepers" and Israeli's Leftist Docu Wave

    Are Israel's acclaimed documentaries -- "The Gatekeepers" (which opens today in New York and L.A.), "5 Broken Cameras" and "The Law in These Parts" -- helping to swing public opinion in Israel to the left? That's the question I explore in my Docutopia colum...

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    With Oscar Nom, Will Palestinian Doc "5 Broken Cameras" Enter Mainstream Debate?

    I've been advocating on behalf of "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's engrossing and intimate doc chronicle of Burnat and his village's struggles for self-determination in Occupied Palestine, for nearly a year now. I first wrote about in March, then championed it ...

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    Forget 'Lincoln' and the Civil War: The Dominant Conflict In This Fall's Movies Is the Israeli-Palestinian One

    While deeply reverential toward the dead, "Lincoln" is defined by the celebration of the capacity for salvation from wartime strife. Meanwhile, movies grappling with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict signal a far more dire situation by analyzing it in real time.

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    Israeli Occupation Doc "The Law In These Parts" Opens as Violence Escalates in Israel

    While I'm sure no one is happy that war is about to break out in the Middle East after Israel's targeted assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari on Wednesday, the timing couldn't be more perfect for this week's Film Forum release of "The Law In These Parts," Ra'a...

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