Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Edited by Neta Dvorkis. Cinematography by Shark De Mayo.
Israel, 2011. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. 101mins.
Sponsored by Frederick Hertz
Inventive Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (Inner Tour, SFJFF 2001; James’ Journey to Jerusalem, 2004) conducts a postmodern investigation into the legal system that has governed Palestinians in the West Bank since the 1967 war. Interviewing the judges and lawyers entrusted with interpreting the law, the filmmaker raises the core issue: Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? The finer points of military law that govern the West Bank are discussed with the very people who shaped it. Behind them are projected archival and newsreel footage of the post-1967 era with General Moshe Dayan at a beach in Gaza, then General Ariel Sharon in the West Bank, religious settlers reclaiming what they believe is their Biblical heritage and the arrests and trials of Palestinians. Commanding and compassionate, the film is a self-reflective analysis of a unique legal system that few people really understand. Developed over time, it is the orders, opinions and rulings that tell the story of the law. The film is precisely argued, disciplined and dramatic as it considers the repercussions of this complex and unusual legal framework. Much deserved winner of both Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury and Jerusalem Film Festival Prizes. Director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz invited
The Law in these Parts: an extended discussion
Sunday, July 22nd
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores Street, San Francisco
The discussion will begin at 1:30pm; free of charge for screening ticket holders.
Following the 11:00am screening of The Law in these Parts join invited guest Ra'anan Alexandrowicz for an extended discussion at Congregation Sha'ar Zahov about The Law in these Parts, winner of the Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize 2012 and Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2011. Sha'ar Zahov is a progressive reform synagogue led by Rabbi Camille Shira Angel for people of all sexual identites and welcoming friends and family from all cultural backgrounds.