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The Women Next Door

  • Rating: ****
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $295.00
  • Date: Copyright 1992. Released 1992.
  • Descriptors: Palestinian Arabs. Jewish-Arab relations. Women - Middle Eastern.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Michal Aviad. Directed by Michal Aviad. Color. Also available in 16 mm. 80 min.
  • Available from: Women Make Movies 462 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 (212)925-0606
  • Cataloging: 305.4'09"569 Women, Palestinian Arab|| Women, Jewish - Israel||Israel - Social conditions
  • Print Entry #: 4:728
  • Reviewer: Helen McCullough

    During the past year we have seen so many headlines about territorial conflicts and ethnic cleansing that it becomes easy to neglect the fact that for millions of people these matters are not merely news, but a daily reality. In The Women Next Door, Israeli director Michal Aviad explores the lives of women for whom the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a fact of life. Traveling with two other women, a Palestinian assistant director and an Israeli cinematographer, Aviad journeys through Israel and its occupied territories to interview women on both sides of the conflict.

    The women in the program represent a wide range of political and cultural views and economic and educational levels. Aviad travels to refugee camps, small villages under curfew, armed settlements, political prisons, and major urban centers. Despite the women's differences, the picture that emerges from this journey is one of families fragmented by the intifada. Whether she has spent a lifetime as a refugee or has served in the Israeli army, each of the women must confront what it means to be a woman - a mother, a daughter, or a wife - under the threat of violence, deportation, or imprisonment for herself or her family.

    This program is a compelling and well-crafted documentary. The photography and editing are excellent. Overall production values are superb. Perhaps the best feature of the program is its objectivity. This is a presentation without heroes or solutions. As such, it will spark discussion in political science and women's studies classes. Because the subject is one with no quick resolution in sight, it will not lose its currency in a few months. Recommended for high school, academic, and public libraries.

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