Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel

Ruta 181: Fragmente ale unei călătorii în Palestina-Israel

93 films in 19 categories
Michel Khleifi, Eyal Sivan
France, Belgium
272 Min.

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Arabic, Hebrew, English, Italian


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Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel


• 23 March, 18:00, Cinemateca Union

The film will be screened in the presence of: Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi
Michel Khleifi was born on November 3, 1950 in Nazareth, Israel. He emigrated to Belgium in 1970, where he studied television and theater directing at the INSAS. After graduating, he worked in Belgium television before turning to making his own films. He has directed and produced several documentary and feature films. He has received several awards including the International Critics' Prize at Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Shell at San Sebastian International Film Festival and the André Cavens Award in 1987 for his film "Wedding in Galilee". Khleifi currently teaches at INSAS.


In the summer of 2002, during the Second Intifada, (Israeli) Eyal Sivan and (Palestinian) Michel Khleifi embarked on a road trip through their common territory - setting off from Gaza, in the south of Israel, up into Galilee, in the north of the country - along the borders outlined in Resolution 181, which, when adopted by the United Nations in 1947, divided Palestine into two states. Rather than making a film that would simply retrace the history of this (ongoing) separation, they decided instead to talk to the different people encountered along the way and thus give them a voice - a diverse assortment of people from all backgrounds, of all ages, genders, nationalities and religions, with varying political views. Conversations emerge from the sudden arrival in their lives of these two filmmakers who are each from one “side” of the borderline, and who are on a quest to investigate the arbitrary and temporary nature of a politically established demarcation (which is become more and more visible within the landscape), as well as its devastating effects on its inhabitants and their descendants. They all talk about peace, but from very divergent and seemingly irreconcilable standpoints. (Vanina Vignal)

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awards and festivals

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2005

Cinéma du Réel 2004

San Francisco International Film Festival 2004



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