There are no doubts that the continuous measures applied by Israel’s policies to the Palestinian people are a crime and a complete violation of international law. The Apartheid Wall or Separation Wall, as the Israelis prefer to call, started to be built in the West Bank in 2002 and was justified by “security concerns”. As former cabinet minister Haim Ramon affirmed in 2005 “first and foremost [the wall is] to prevent them from continuing to murder us” . But the wall’s route extends itself deeply inside the so-called “Green Line”, deep into occupied Palestinian territories, snaking through backyards, towns, and stealing natural resources, while furthermore displacing and segregating communities and families from one another. A wall, still in construction (contrary to the orders of The International Court for Justice), keeps being used as an excuse to illegally confiscate Palestinian lands. Once completed, it will have a length of more than 700 km, more than double that of the “Green Line” , and according to the UN OCHA report, it will trap more than 125,000 Palestinians in twenty-eight communities and enclose 26,000 of eight communities on all of its four flanks .
The film Infiltrators (Mutasaliloon) by Khaled Jarrar, unravels adventures in the form of various attempts by individuals and groups during their search for gaps in the Wall to permeate and sneak past it. Lookouts, fear, angst, running, permeation, jumping off, crawling, passing through dark passages – all stages of a complex process of passing through to the “other side”, requiring a very specific state of mind. Some attempts end in failure, and others in success. Some are caught by the Israeli soldiers and others reach their destination. It’s a cat and mouse game, in which failure leads to more persistence and success is an antithesis to the cat’s theories of security.
Director Khaled Jarrar
Producer Sami Shanaah
Production Company Idioms Film
Cinematographer Khaled Jarrar
Editor Geaton Harem
Sound Design Carl Svensson.
Winner Special Jury Prize, Winner FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary at Dubai International Film Festival Muhr Arab Documentary UAE, 2013
Winner Jury Documentary Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival Sweden, 2013
Winner Gold Hugo Award at Chicago Film Festival, 2013
Winner Best Documentary Film Award at Al Ard Doc Film festival Cagliari Italy, 2013