Khaled Jarrar, Documentary,
70 min, Arabic with English subtitles, Palestine/ Lebanon and United
Arab of Emirates, 2012
The checkpoint is closed:
“Detour, detour!” shouts a taxi driver, announcing the beginning of
yet another uncertain search for a way around the barriers
curtailing Palestinian movement in the West Bank.
“Infiltrators” is a “road
movie” that chronicles the daily travails of Palestinians of all
backgrounds as they seek routes through, under, around and over a
bewildering matrix of barriers. The film follows a high stake “game”
of cat and mouse with a handheld video camera.
The restrictions on movement
that we are witnessing today is meant to be temporary. But what
about the daily reality of the Palestinians in the West Bank and
Gaza, who have been facing severe limitations and restrictions since
The film has won the Muhr
Arab Documentary Prize, the Special Jury Prize and the International
Critics Prize at Dubai International Film Festival 2012; it has also
won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Director of Documentary Films.
“Infiltrators” received an official selection at Chicago
International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film