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The Law in These Parts - Movie Review - 2012

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The Law in These Parts - Movie Review - 2012

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When All People Are Not Equal Before The Law

The Law in These Parts is a lean and mean investigation about the administration of Israeli law in occupied Palestinian territories over the last 45 years.

In the film, director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz interviews numerous Israeli military men, all now retired, and all of whom served as judges, legal advisors and prosecutors in the occupied territories. The interviews are extremely strong because Alexandrowicz has done sufficient research to ask difficult and discomforting questions that address ongoing civil rights abuses. And, conducting the interviews from an off camera position, the well-informed Alexandrowicz continues to press his subjects until he gets almost ocnfessional responses.

Making A Case For Talking Heads

It's all talking heads, but it's fascinating. Much of the time, the shots are in exrreme close up, so you can see the subject's every twitch. When the camera pulls back or there is a cut to another angle, the subject is seen against the background of archival footage of scenes in which Palestinians are clearly being harrassed or abused by Israelis. The archival footage, which is presented with a keen and very smart sense of cinematic and graphic style, provides a necessary break from the close ups and introduces an important element of observational veracity.

A Balanced View

When the subjects are asked to comment about the abuses, their responses are surprising, unexpected. It's clear that they were often in a dilemma, trying to balance what they considered to be their responsibilities for maintaining the safety and security of Israeli citizens with the notion that the law should be applied equally to all.

Alexandrowiz resists moving into the realm of propaganda His approach is authentically investigative.

The film is so packed with information that it is difficult to follow from time to time, especially if you're not very well informed about the history of the occupied territories or don't follow the news religiously.

No spoilers here, but in the end. the film has tremendous impact, and it will definitely provide insight and a different perspective about Israeli law as applied in the Palestinian occupied territories from the early years of modern Israel's existence to the present day.

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Film Details

  • Title: The Law In These Parts
  • Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
  • U.S. Theatrical Release Date: November 14, 2012 (limited release)
  • Running Time: 88 mins.
  • Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
  • Location: Israel
  • Language: English and Hebrew, with English subtitles
  • Distribution Company: Cinema Guild
  • Official Website
  • Official Trailer

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