Current & Upcoming Films
THE LAW IN THESE PARTS
Fri, Jan 18 – Thur, Jan 24.
- Winner Best Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival -
The mechanics of an evolving military occupation reveal themselves through a series of first-ever interviews with the Israeli Judges, prosecutors and legal advisors who created the legal framework of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and upheld it since 1967. Set against the backdrop of historical events and archival footage, this “Best Documentary Winner” of the Jerusalem Film Festival is a cautionary account of what happens when temporary security measures become permanent reality. Responding to changing realities on the ground over four decades, the film’s protagonists describe moral and judicial dilemmas that they each faced while trying to apply law and make order. The film unfolds as an insider’s tour of the logic and reasoning behind the architecture put in place to neutralize a region deemed a security threat. From establishing settlements in an occupied area to rationalizing parallel legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis, the film explores some of the basic moral quandaries and examines to what extent the occupation can be guided by genuine adherence to the principles of rule-of-law. Written and Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz. 2012, Digital Israel. In Hebrew with English Subtitles 100 mins.
"...it plays out like a riveting session in court...overall, his work is a powerful statement that law and order can be two very different things". - David Lewis, SF Chronicle
"Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's documentary is a rather extraordinary historical record"
- Dennis Harvey, SF Bay Guardian
"Seeks to expose the injustice that defines the Palestinian occupation through a careful examination of the ad hoc legal framework erected for the West Bank and Gaza Strip by the Israeli legal elite in 1967"
- SF Weekly