Delving into the religious and political conflicts of the Middle East is never goiny to be easy, but Lynne Sachs spends three years making an effort. She attempts to make a portrait of Israeli filmmaker Revital Ohayon, a mother and peace activist who was killed near the West Bank. By exchanging letters and images with Nir Zats, a friend from the region, Sachs explores one woman ‘s story through her films, news reports, and interviews with her family. In the process, she creates a ciné-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, identity and the meaning of “land” to the people on both side of this ongoing tragedy.
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