Preeminent UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare—whom The Washington Post referred to as “the premiere political dramatist writing in English”—writes and stars in this innovative animated feature that explores the reality of the wall separating Israel and Palestine as no film has before. Rich with rhythmic, raw imagery, the film is framed by Hare’s journey, as both his heart and mind are shaken by the incongruities and contradictions of life in the shadow of the wall.
Ages 16 to 18
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Geography - Human Geography
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
Warnings: violence, smoking
Before viewing: On a map, locate Israel, Palestine, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, Tel Aviv, Nablus and Ramallah. Also, determine which countries are included in the term “Middle East” and establish where the wall has been built separating Israel and Palestine. What difficulties were faced when travelling to Nablus from Jerusalem? The price of the wall is quoted as four billion dollars. Was it worth it? In the final minutes of the film, we hear the opinion that Israel “became addicted to occupation.” Create a list of reasons to agree or disagree with this statement. Why do you think some of the graffiti near the end of the film is in colour? Discuss whether or not the wall should come down, as indicated by the CTRL - ALT - DELETE graffiti. What is your overall impression of the animation style used in this documentary?