Guttman’s Garage – Film Review “Bethlehem”

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This is a contemporary Israeli movie whose primary characters are an Israeli secret service officer and a Palestinian teenage informant. ‘Bethlehem” received an Ophir (Israeli Academy of Film and Television’s equivalent of an Oscar) for Best Film 2013. In 99 minutes this movie offers a case study as to why there has been no peace in the West Bank. It’s a Cain and Abel tale where political and social difficulties on the West Bank are starkly presented. Sanfur (Shadi Mar’i) is a 17 year old living with his parents in Bethlehem. His brother, Ibrahim, is a Palestinian militant responsible for the death of Israelis. Razi (Tsahi Halevy) is a married Israeli secret service officer working for an anti-terrorism unit who has gotten Sanfur to assist him in tracking terrorists. Bethlehem is written by Ali Waked, an Israeli Arab, and Yuval Adler, who also directed this excellent film. The violence of the place and times are shown primarily through Sanfur’s interactions with his family, friends and society. The film depicts the mistrust many Israelis have for Palestinians and the mistrust that exists within the Palestinian community itself. The presence of a Bedouin man in Ibrahim’s Cell No. 2, depicts Bedouins as second class citizens in the Palestinian community, and Hiham Omari, as Badawi, gives a powerful performance. Subtitled.

Steven Guttman, Esq.
Visit Steven’s blog for more reviews: guttmansgarage.blogspot.com

Steven Guttman, Esq.
Visit Steven’s blog for more reviews: guttmansgarage.blogspot.com

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