Winner: Best Film, Carthage
International Film Festival 'Where is God,' an elderly man desperately wonders
when surveying the debris in the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin. The film, directed
and co-produced by Palestinian actor and director Mohammed Bakri, includes testimony
from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's Defensive Wall operation, during
which the city and camp were the scenes of fierce fighting. The operation ended
with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Palestinians as well as
numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war crimes in the
April 2002 attack on the refugee camp. "Jenin Jenin" shows the extent
to which the prolonged oppression and terror has affected the state of mind
of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin. Bitterness and grief are the prevailing
feelings among the majority of the population. Many have lost loved ones or
are still searching for victims and furniture among the debris. A little girl,
who does not seem to be much older than twelve, tells her story but knows no
fear. The ongoing violence in her day-to-day life only nourishes her feelings
of hatred and the urge to take revenge. She tells what she would do to Prime
Minister Sharon if he visited the camp and she shouts that the Palestinians
will never give up the struggle. They will keep on producing children, who can
continue the fight against injustice. The sad question forces itself on the
spectator. What will become of a country, a people when its children are confronted
with war and violence from a very early age? Banned in Israel, "Jenin Jenin"
is dedicated to Iyad Samudi, the producer of the film, who returned home to
Yamun after the shooting of the film was completed. On June 23, as Israeli forces
besieged Yamun, Samudi was shot and killed as he was leaving a military-closed
area with three friends.
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