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MUR (Wall)


Director: Simon Bitton
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2005








Languages: Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles: English/French
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Comstar Entertainment




In June 2002, the Israeli authorities began the construction of a gigantic security fence, aimed at preventing Palestinian terrorists from infiltrating Israeli territory. The wall imprisons Palestinians and Israelis alike.

MUR (WALL) is a cinematic meditation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which the filmmaker blurs the lines of hatred by asserting her double identity as Jew and Arab.

In an original documentary approach, the film follows the separation fence that is destroying one of the most historically significant landscapes in the world, while imprisoning one people and enclosing the other. On the building site of this mad wall, daily utterances and holy chants, in Hebrew and in Arabic, defy the discourses of war, passing through the deafening noise of bulldozers. Mur offers its spectators a last glimpse of the beauty of this land and the humanity of its inhabitants a moment before they disappear behind the wall.


Simone Bitton gave us Citizen Bashara and now he presents Wall (Mur), a haunting look at the wall of separation constructed by Israel to block off Palestinian communities. With intense cinematography and a vast array of commentators, Wall (Mur) explores the difference of opinions on the barrier.

The film starts off with a conversation of a child with the commentator. The child is wary and fearful. A question is posed by the commentator to the child and viewers “if I speak Arabic am I than an Arab?” Throughout the film, seldom is the faces of the locals being filmed close up, mostly out of fear of being hunted down and shot except a few who want to be on TV and broadcast to the world to cry out and reach out for help.

The film is litter with insights into the life of the people living there. Be it Palestinians or Israelis the life there is harsh. Many valuable footage of the walls constructions and towers being build and how the lives now revolved around the walls. The peoples live in frustrations and they can only hope and pray for a better future. If you are ever slightly engrossed in the ways and lives of the locals, you will like the documentary and its approach to catch a glimpse of the beauty of the land and its people before they are engulfed by the wall and disappear forever.

Is it really to block off Palestinian terrorists or is it a masked attempt at Israeli land-grabbing? What the wall represents depends on who you talk to, but for all it’s a controversial and divisive piece of architecture.

This is a film where you will be absorbed in it if you are concerned in the Israelis and Palestinians affairs, and wish to learn more of and take an in-depth look at the lives of its inhabitants


There's a TV-like quality to the visual, as it's not news footage based, the transfer is bearable and reasonable clear for a documentary. Presented in Hebrew and Arabic Dolby Digital 2.0.



Review by David Wolf



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