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(221) 6.5 84 min 2017

West of the Jordan River is a movie starring Bill Clinton, Amos Gitai, and Gideon Levy. Amos Gitai returns to the West Bank to better understand the efforts of the citizens, both Israelis and Palestinians, to try to overcome the...

Starring
Gideon Levy, Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, Amos Gitai
Genres
Documentary
Director
Amos Gitai

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Amos Gitai
Writer Amos Gitai
Stars Gideon Levy, Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, Amos Gitai
Country Israel, France
Also Known As À l'Ouest du Jourdain, 戰地再訪:約旦河以西, Zachodni brzeg Jordanu, West Of The Jordan River, West of the Jordan River: Field Diary Revisited
Runtime 1H 24M
Description Amos Gitai returns to the West Bank to better understand the efforts of the citizens, both Israelis and Palestinians, to try to overcome the consequences of the 50-year occupation. Interspersing footage of his interviews with Yitzhak Rabin from the 1990s with the contemporary interviews of everyday citizens.

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Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020 23:01

This documentary covers the rivalry between the J. Walter Thompson company and the Harbinger/Agitator Corporation. It also explores the internal struggles of both companies and the challenges that each faces in trying to achieve their visions. It takes you inside the world of these companies and into their minds and emotions. The film then asks the question of what is the difference between these companies, why do they need each other, and what happens when the two fail to collaborate? The film does not necessarily make a case for either company, but rather focuses on the internal conflicts within them. The story also tells the story of a family that is torn apart by these companies and has to go through some incredible difficulties. These stories are beautifully shot, but this is what makes this documentary stand out. The interviews are real and heartfelt. The subjects are not focused on using the film as an opportunity to bash the other companies, but instead it offers a chance to listen and absorb what they have to say. It has a natural flow to it that allows you to be absorbed into the conversations and understand the inner lives of these people and not just another viewer who will be mesmerized by the explosions. The presentation of the interviews is one of the best I have seen. Each of the interviews is edited in a way that keeps the focus on what is said. I loved how the transitions were done to allow the discussion to take place over time, instead of just the people being asked questions. There were a few parts of the film that were hard to get through, but overall this was a great documentary that I would recommend.
Sunday, 24 May 2020 10:59

Since the inception of what is being called the film and documentary movement, a prominent focus has been on the human aspect of the film and that is, of course, at the expense of the artistic side. I think there is so much symbolism and the imagery that the filmmakers are attempting to portray can take hours to watch. To illustrate my point in the cinematography section, I saw a poster of a King David statue in a desert. Then I remembered that another poster was the same as a Moses statue in the middle of a desert. I quickly found that the "Land of Canaan" was the place of conflict for the Israelites and was for a long time the place of conflict for the Israelites and in the Book of Daniel, the place of conflict is what is referred to as the land of the Philistines. Not all the stories have so much of the artistic aspects but, I think, many have the artistic aspects. I can not even imagine how much more fun and exciting the documentary could be. Some of the pieces have been seen to be little more than simple drawings or made up words. I have just a couple of critiques of the documentary. The cameraman who was caught on tape waving a flag in a part of the story does not seem like he was acting out of it. I also saw a line in the documentary that I found interesting. It was at the end and the interview was then recorded and the word "God" was not said. That was confusing to me because the sign in the foreground that it was a "GODS FORGIVENESS" sign. I have just had a similar experience on my drive to work in Colorado and I would be interested in hearing what others think of it.
Friday, 10 Apr 2020 13:40

In one of the most challenging and compelling documentaries I've ever seen, Evan Thomas and the filmmakers put forth an unflinching and comprehensive examination of the fate of those who lived and worked with the late Israeli leader of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat. A masterpiece in its subject matter, with an unmatched insight into a situation that has remained the subject of heated debate in the United States and throughout the Western world. I think that the best compliment that can be given to this film is that it was produced by several organizations and not by one man. It was produced with an immense amount of love and care, and with an eye toward providing the audience with the information and analysis that would be necessary to fully comprehend the subject. As a result, I believe that the film's best moments are those in which it presents so much information and analysis, that it leaves one in a state of awe and wonderment. That is because it presents a true history of a situation that has been rather closely studied by a very few people. In my opinion, the most outstanding aspect of the film is the use of archival footage. The use of these clips, such as when the film focuses on the former Jordanian minister of state, Yussef Hijazi, who was found murdered in his home and body in the summer of 2000, are exceptionally compelling, and give an accurate picture of the fate of the Palestinians who were persecuted by the former Jordanian government, and by Yasser Arafat himself. These clips, including the footage from interviews with top Jordanian politicians, foreign dignitaries and religious figures, give a very clear picture of a man who was not a nice person, but one who was very determined to keep his people under the yoke of his rule. As a result, the use of archival footage is an incredibly powerful tool that is rarely used in documentaries. In addition, the film makes use of clips of Arafat's speeches and interviews, which provide the viewer with a very close-up view of his words and gestures, as well as the general tone of his address, which is quite far from the soft, laid back, and reflective behavior of the Palestinian people. The way that the film presents the images of the Palestinian prisoners, from the brutality of their imprisonment to the treatment that they receive during the interrogations, and how they are "taught to hate" the Israelis, is the most telling aspect of the film. As a result, the subject is never treated in a way that is lightly, or to the point of being the least bit apologetic for the actions of the government. It is extremely accurate and graphic, with great insight to the psychology of these people. It is amazing that they have not been sued by their captors, or their families, for the conditions that they were subjected to. What is most interesting about the film is the focus that the film puts on the efforts of the Palestinian people, who in many cases are shown to be at war with the occupation of their land. Instead of portraying the Palestinian people as a bunch of loose cannons, who are uncooperative, or not a threat to the Israeli people, we are shown to have some very specific goals that the Palestinians are very determined to achieve. The West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the refugee camps, are all conditions that the Palestinian people have to face, and not only have an impact on their lives, but have an impact on the lives of the people that live in the West Bank. The film includes archival footage, from when the Palestinian students and teachers protest in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the violence that the Palestinians feel from the Israeli occupation. The film does not focus on the exact history of this situation, but rather on the current situation in the West Bank, and how these conditions affect the people. As a result, the film is a very clear and unbiased portrait of the situation, but it is also an extremely important one, and the best film I've ever seen that explores the true conditions of the Palestinian people. It is a sobering and powerful documentary, that has the power to impact the entire world.


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