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WALL aka MUR
USA: Lifesize Entertainment
UK: Artificial Eye
Director: Simone Bitton
Countries: France / Israel
Language: Hebrew / Arabic (English subtitles)
USA: 96 mins
UK: 100 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language
USA Release Date: 23 September 2005 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 26 August 2005 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 3 December 2004 (Limited Release - London)
WALL is the eye-opening documentary by Simone Bitton about the massive wall, which was conceived in 2000 after a period of increased attacks by both the Israelis and Palestinians, is being built by the Sharon government to divide the Palestine territories from Israel. Bitton uses no traditional voice-over, just interviews with people living on both sides of the wall, explaining what has happened.
In WALL, documentary filmmaker Simone Bitton uses her dual Jewish and Arab heritage to examine the wall that is destroying one of the most historically significant landscapes in the world, while imprisoning one people and enclosing the other.
It screened at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and won three prizes this year: the GRAND PRIX at the Marseilles Documentary Festival, BEST FILM at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the GRAND PRIX FOR BEST FILM at the Pesaro Film Festival.