Friday, October 8, 2010
Simone Bitton's RACHEL (as in Corrie) explores her death and what this means
Might Rachel Corrie, the young peace-activist volunteer killed by an Israeli in a bulldozer back in 2003, have been the single biggest PR snafu experienced by the state of Israel over the past decade? She was, of course, much more than that, yet this judgment might certainly seem true to any disinterested viewer of the documentary by Simone Bitton that is receiving a theatrical debut this week at Manhattan's Anthology Film Archives. Anything to do with Ms Corrie creates a furor here. Remember that play by Alan Rickman that was to be presented -- and then no, and then yes -- that was finally staged here in New York City a few years ago? TrustMovies didn't see the play, but he is grateful to have been able to view this documentary, which is relatively even-handed in its investigation into events surrounding this young woman's untimely and unnecessary death.
ISM (International Solidarity Movement), the group that positions its members into Palestinian homes, the better to stave off the attacks on and devastation of these homes by the Israeli military. The devas-tation keeps happening, but the presence of the international community seems, if not a preventative, at least a "staving off" that works -- for a time. (A good friend of mine spent much of the summer of 2009 doing this, and his emailed missives during and since have provided interesting food for thought.)
Tiananmen Square.) A solider who was stationed in the Termit outpost tells of shooting randomly into the occupied territory, just as did the other soldiers stationed there. "I'm a gentle person," he explains -- and then says that, yes, he's killed women and children.
Rachel, distributed by Women Make Movies, opens today, Friday,October 8, for a one-week run at Anthology Film Archives. Click here for show times and ticket information.