"Field Diary / Arena of Murder"
Directed by Amos Gitai
Two explosive, shocking, and profound films from Amos
Gitai. Set mostly in the West Bank before and during the 1982 Israeli
invasion of Lebanon (some scenes were also shot there), Field Diary
(1982, 83 mins.) explores, as the film states it, "how the occupation
manifests itself, and how violence against the Palestinians is legitimized."
With its in-your-face interference with soldiers and its unique and
profoundly haunting counterpoint of sound and image, Field Diary is a
daring and brutally on-the-edge film. In Arena of Murder (1996, 80
mins.), Gitai investigates the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin three weeks
after the event. He travels through the country for several months, filming
random encounters to paint a melancholic portrait of a country in turmoil.
Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.