(100 minutes) Belgium/France/Israel/Palestine/USA
Director: Simone Bitton
Producers: Thierry Lenouve, Arte France Cinema
Rachel is a startlingly rigorous, controversial, fascinating and deeply moving investigatory documentary that examines the death of peace activist and International Solidarity Movement (ISM) member Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003. A few weeks after her little-reported death, an inquiry by Israeli military police concluded that Corrie died in an accident. Simone Bitton, an award-winning 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, Israeli Defense Force army spokespersons and physicians, as well as insights from Corrie’s parents, mentors and diaries.
Simone Bitton was born in Morocco in 1955 and is both an Israeli and French citizen. She now lives in Paris. She has directed more than fifteen documentary films, all of them attesting to her deep personal and professional commitment to better representing the complex histories and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Her film Wall was presented in prestigious international festivals where it won numerous grand prizes and was widely distributed theatrically.
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