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Political Pics on Khmer Rouge and Palestinian Occupation Win Cannes Prizes

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 25, 2013 4:27 PM
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It's not the first time a documentary has won a top prize in Cannes -- Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" paved the way in 2004 -- but it's still a rare day in France when nonfiction takes center stage. On Saturday, the awards in the Un Certain Regard sidebar were handed out, with Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh's "A Missing Picture," about Cambodia's nightmarish 1970s dictatorship, winning top honors. The runner-up prize went to Palestinian born "Paradise Now" director Hany Abu-Assad's latest "Omar."

"My Neighbourhood" Exposes Israelis Brutal Displacement of Palestinian Families

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 17, 2013 2:55 PM
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"I hate them, I hate them for a reason," says Mohammed El Kurd, the young boy who is at the center of Julia Bacha's Peabody-winning short film "My Neighborhood," which bracingly shows the experiences of Palestinian families being displaced from their homes in East Jerusalem by brutish Orthodox Jewish settlers. Making the film all the more topical, on the day of the film's award this coming Monday, the Supreme Court in Israel will prepare a hearing on another eviction of a Palestinian family.

"The Gatekeepers" and Israeli's Leftist Docu Wave

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • February 1, 2013 10:52 AM
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Are Israel's acclaimed documentaries -- "The Gatekeepers" (which opens today in New York and L.A.), "5 Broken Cameras" and "The Law in These Parts" -- helping to swing public opinion in Israel to the left? That's the question I explore in my Docutopia column this week at SundanceNow. With the results of last Tuesday's election surprising many with the weaker-than-expected turnout for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there may be a shift towards the political center and a better chance for compromise with the Palestinians.

With Oscar Nom, Will Palestinian Doc "5 Broken Cameras" Enter Mainstream Debate?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 10, 2013 11:08 AM
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I've been advocating on behalf of "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's engrossing and intimate doc chronicle of Burnat and his village's struggles for self-determination in Occupied Palestine, for nearly a year now. I first wrote about in March, then championed it again on my year-end lists, and am sincerely excited to see the film nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, just one day after it won the best doc prize from the Cinema Eye Honors. I don't think "5 Broken Cameras" will win an Academy Award, but will its nomination vaunt this important film into the wider cultural conversation?

Israeli Occupation Doc "The Law In These Parts" Opens as Violence Escalates in Israel

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 15, 2012 2:48 PM
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While I'm sure no one is happy that war is about to break out in the Middle East after Israel's targeted assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari on Wednesday, the timing couldn't be more perfect for this week's Film Forum release of "The Law In These Parts," Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's sound attack on the Israeli legal system that has sanctioned the illegal occupation and oppression of the Palestinian peoples. As the UN Security Council meets in an emergency session and rockets fire from the Gaza Strip, killing Israelis in retaliation, Alexandrowicz's compelling documentary explores how we got into this mess in the first place.

Polanski's "Carnage" Charts Divisive Politics; Slams Both Liberals, Conservatives

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • October 2, 2011 1:21 AM
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"Paradise Now" Faces Racist Anti-Oscar Campaign

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • February 13, 2006 9:15 AM
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From Thoughtful Palestinians to Passionate Gay Cowboys, Will U.S. Audiences Be Ready?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 1, 2005 4:00 AM
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"Paradise Now" Brings out the Intolerant

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • October 27, 2005 3:09 AM
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