"Where is God," an elderly man desperately wonders when surveying the debris in the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin.
Directed and co-produced by Palestinian actor Mohammad Bakri, Jenin Jeninincludes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's Defensive Wall operation. The city and camp were the scenes of fierce fighting which ended with Jenin flattened and scores of Palestinians dead. Palestinians as well as numerous human rights groups accused Israel of committing war crimes in the attack. The United Nations appointed a commission of inquiry, but Israel refused to let its members visit the scene.
Banned in Israel, Jenin Jenin is dedicated to Iyad Samudi, the producer of the film, who returned home to Yamun after the shooting of the film was completed. On June 23, as Israeli forces besieged Yamun, Samudi was shot and killed as he was leaving a militarily-closed area with three friends.
The DVD copy of Jenin Jenin also includes Mohammad Bakri's 2005 documentary Since You Left, in which the director visits the grave of his mentor, Emil Habibi, a prominent Palestinian author and politician. In this intimate setting, Bakri attempts to summarize for Habibi some of the personal and political transformations that have occurred in Israel and Palestine since his death, and since the filming of Jenin Jenin.
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