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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY RA’ANAN ALEXANDROWICZ

What is legal and what is just? The wide gap between the two is explored meticulously by this Israeli investigation (winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festivals) of the legal structure created after the 1967 Six Days War, specifically to treat the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied territories. Speaking with some of Israel’s most respected lawyers and judges – men who helped to craft and later interpret these laws -  filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz asks tough, pointed questions and gets even tougher answers. He asks his subjects to consider the consequences of their actions in a highly politicized environment. THE LAW IN THESE PARTS takes the position that unjust laws create unjust realities. Laws that everyone admits are not perfect but are the best that can be done under difficult circumstances may result in tragedy for everyone: both the judges and the judged.

ISRAEL • 2011 • 101 MINS • IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • CINEMA GUILD

Presented with support from the Joan S. Constantiner Fund for Jewish and Holocaust Film.

THE LAW IN THESE PARTS

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“Presents a devastating case against the occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. An inquiry into justice.”
– Rachel Saltz, The New York Times

“Exacting and heartfelt. Thoughtful, thorough, and powerfully persuasive. A powerful piece of advocacy. There is no shortage of European-funded Israeli documentaries making the festival and art-house rounds and angrily putting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank under the microscope but THE LAW IN THESE PARTS  stands out as a paragon.”
- Jonathan Robbins, Film Comment

“Riveting! There is no mistaking the indignation of the filmmaker’s inquiry into Israeli occupation policy, but it’s tempered at every turn by Alexandrowicz’s wise, repeated acknowledgement that there’s no implicating the policies of these men without implicating himself – that is, without his acknowledging that these laws were written for Israelis.” 
– Steve MacFarlane, Slant Magazine

“It is riveting! More than accomplishes its goal of provoking a discussion about imposing laws on people who have no say in making them.”
– Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

“A really fascinating, meticulous kind of dissection of how the law in the occupied territories came to be.”
– Kenneth Turan, NPR

“A thoughtful investigation into Israel’s justice system. The film includes some amazing testimony from legal officials who remain steadfast in their discriminatory policies where ‘security comes before human rights.’”
– Anthony Kaufman, Indiewire

“The film depicts, graphically and painfully, how it is possible for the highly educated to impose a system of oppression while remaining under the illusion that what they are doing is compatible with the highest legal principles.”
– Nick Fraser, The Observer (London)

“An engrossing new Israeli documentary…The film has generated enormous interest in Israel, screening in more than 100 locations and receiving the prize for best documentary at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival. Of course, the warm reception also underscores a paradox: while many Israelis seem open and even sympathetic to critical examinations of the occupation, no political constituency has emerged to challenge the creeping colonization of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
- Eyal Press, New York Review of Books Online

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THE LAW IN THESE PARTS: Q & A with filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (Recorded November 14, 2012)