Rachel

2009 | Belgium, France, USA | color | 100 min

Language:
Arabic, English, Hebrew, w/ Eng. subtitles
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Tags:
20-Somethings,
Activism,
Biography,
Coming of Age,
Documentary Feature,
Human Rights and Justice,
Israelis & Arabs,
Social Justice & Human Rights,
Social Justice & Human Rights,
Tragedy,
Women

Archive Details

Screened at SFJFF 2009

t from the Pacific Northwest, attempted to stop a bulldozer operated by the Israeli military from demolishing homes and other buildings in Gaza. Corrie was struck and killed in what some witnesses claimed was a deliberate action, but what an Israeli inquiry ruled was a tragic accident. Simone Bitton (Wall, SFJFF 2005), a veteran documentary filmmaker who is a citizen of both France and Israel, has crafted a dispassionate but devastating essay investigating the circumstances of Rachel Corrie’s death—including astounding eyewitness testimony from activists, soldiers, army spokespersons and physicians, as well as insights from Corrie’s parents, mentors and diaries. In assembling a thorough and candid account of the event, using both visual and narrative evidence, Bitton’s quietly persistent questioning manages to accomplish what the inadequate legal proceedings and the overheated press coverage did not: an unflinching examination that refuses to exculpate or equivocate. But Bitton’s nonfiction essay is hardly a bloodless tract—in fact, even as it raises troubling questions about the Israeli military’s candor, it also manages to paint a complex portrait of a young, perhaps naive, idealist and the high price some pay in the name of committed activism.
—Peter L. Stein

Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie's mother, in person at the Castro.

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Director
Simone Bitton
Screenwriter
Simone Bitton
Cinematographer
Jacques Bouquin
Editor
Jean-Michel Perez, Catherine Poitevin
Co-presented by
American Friends Service Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace
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