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Date Time Venue
28/10 (Sun) 7:30 pm Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
2/11 (Fri) 9:50 pm MOViE MOViE Cityplaza

Yoav Shamir
Israel / 2003 / 80 min
In Hebrew, Arabic and English with Eng Sub

Israel kept expanding the Jewish colonial zone in areas where Palestinians resided. To preempt the Palestinians from retaliating, numerous checkpoints were set up at the border of the two territories, subjecting each Palestinian traveller to close scrutiny. Palestinians were often harassed and humiliated before ultimately ending their travels in vain.

Director's profile
Yoav Shamir is an Israeli filmmaker whose documentary Checkpoint won five festival awards, including Best Feature Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the Golden Gate Award for Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Background Information

By the end of the First World War, many Jews around the world had come to realised the importance of establishing a Jewish state. Their religious belief further motivated many of them to emigrate to Palestine which was then a British mandate. They called Palestine the “Promised Land”, meaning it is the land given to the Jews by God to build their own country.

The United Nations (UN) originally passed a resolution to divide the area into two where the Israelis and the Palestinians would each establish their own state, but rising tensions between the Jews and neighboring Arab countries soon led to the mobilisation of the armies of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon in 1948 the day after the establishment of the state of Israel with the objective of pushing the Jews out of the region. The armies were however fought off successfully by Israeli militias and volunteers, who ended up occupying enemy territories.

Following the end of the armed conflict, Palestinians who fled their homes during the war were denied from returning. Following their decisive victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel obtained control of the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip and has since implemented gradual Jewish settlement plans in those regions with the construction of infrastructures and control of water supplies.

The Palestinians retaliated in 1970s with a string of terrorist attacks. In 1987 the Palestinian population started a full-scale revolt against the occupation in what became known as the First Intifada. This was followed in 2000 by the Second Intifada and in both instances the uprising was fiercely suppressed by the Israel government. More recently, the Israel government constructed a 700 kilometers long border wall with checkpoints on the ground of preventing Palestinian terror attacks and began denying Palestinians from entry. At present, of the areas that were intended to be governed autonomously by Palestinians under the UN resolution passed following the end of the Second World War, only 17% is in fact so governed.


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