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The Law In These Parts (Cinema Guild) — What makes Ra’anan Alexandrowicz and Liran Atzmor’s The Law In These Parts such a smart and provocative and vital film isn’t that it is an outright condemnation of Israel—or should I say it isn’t a condemnation of these doughy white men in particular. This doesn’t lessen the blow, however, for the film’s more unfortunate lesson is that the multi-faceted, murky vagueness of the Palestinian occupation was manipulated and supported by Israeli powers-that-be in a numerous different ways. If the situation were simply black-or-white, it might be easier to swallow. But it is ugly-and-broad-and-gray, and that only adds to the oppressive atmosphere. Read the full HTN review. Available on DVD.
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