ROUTE 181: FRAGMENTS OF A JOURNEY IN PALESTINE-ISRAEL, THE NORTH
Wednesday, March 23
(2003, DCP, 85m, Palestine/Israel, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles) dir Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan. Documentary feature (in three parts). In the summer of 2002, for two long months, Eyal Sivan and Michel Khleifi traveled together from the south to the north of their country of birth; they traced their trajectory on a map and called it Route 181. This virtual line follows the borders outlined in Resolution 181, which was adopted by the United Nations on November 29, 1947 to partition Palestine into two states. The film is a three-part documentary, and this month’s screening is the third part.
The North: From the city of Rosh HaAyin to the Lebanese border. In Rosh HaAyin, on the ruins of Majdal Sadek, a Jewish Yemenite jogger runs with his dog, and when approached by the filmmakers, he completely denies any destruction of Palestinian villages in 1948. In the North, Khleifi and Sivan drive on a brand new highway, alongside the new separation wall built to physically separate Palestinians and Israelis. Traveling through new settlements and the ruins of old villages, the filmmakers continue to interview residents with various ideologies and lives, examining the violence and mundane reality of settler colonialism. In this final section, the film ends on the border with Lebanon, gesturing toward the impact that 1947’s Resolution 181 has also had on that country and the entire region. Each film will also be available to view online at mizna.eventive.org/welcome.