Over three million Palestinians live in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli military authority since 1967. Israeli director Yoav Shamir documents the impact of the enforced boundaries known as "checkpoints" on the Israeli border guards drafted to monitor them and the Palestinian citizens who must pass through them daily. Shot in a cinema verite style, a style of documentary filmmaking that stresses unbiased realism, the film shows these anonymous, one-time encounters between both sides and the lasting political, social and cultural effects. CHECKPOINT gives a chilling look at the destructive impact on both societies.
Festivals: The film premiered at IDFA in 2003 winning the prestigious Joris Evens Award and went on to win the Best International Documentary Award at Hot Docs and the Golden Gate Award at the International San Fransisco Film Festival. Checkpoint has since screened in over 150 film festivals worldwide.
"A Masterful Documentary," Chicago Tribune, January 7, 2005.