Breaking: BOTH Israeli documenatary fictions lose at Oscar's
BOTH Israeli documentary fictions lost
at the Oscar's on Sunday night.
"Searching for Sugar Man" took home the Oscar for best documentary
Sunday night, ensuring that another year passed without an Israeli film
winning one of the coveted golden statues.
Among the documentaries that came up short were "The Gatekeepers," an
Israeli documentary featuring a series of interviews with six former
leaders of Israel's Shin Bet security service, and "5 Broken Cameras,"
an Israeli-Palestinian co-production that tells the story of a
Palestinian village resisting the encroachment of a nearby Israeli
Directed by Dror Moreh, "The Gatekeepers" features the former
security chiefs arguing that Israeli policy in the Palestinian
territories is ultimately futile and self-defeating. The interviewees,
men who were responsible for some of Israel's most daring and
controversial operations, say that Israel must try to negotiate with the
Palestinians and find a path to a peace settlement -- even if it means
negotiating with terrorist groups.
"5 Broken Cameras" was co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and
Israeli Guy Davidi. A Palestinian farmer from the village of Bil'in,
Burnat began collecting the footage that would become "5 Broken
Cameras" in 2005, after the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. Around
that time, the nearby settlement of of Modi’in Illit was established,
and Burnat found himself chronicling the skirmishes between the
villagers protesting the settlement's blocking of land access and the
Israeli soldiers brought in to protect it.
With financial help from Davidi and the Israeli government's film fund, Burnat turned his raw footage into a documentary.
No Israeli film has ever won an Academy Award, though several films
by the American-born director Joseph Cedar have been nominated in the
Best Foreign Language Film category. Cedar's "Footnote," nominated last
year, lost out to an Iranian film, "A Separation."
I find it incredible that the Israeli government paid for that slanderous film. For this I pay taxes? Thank God it won nothing and will fade into the dustbin of history.