Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel, Pt 1
by Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan
13 March 2013
At The Palestine Center
“As ordinary people voice their own memories, contradictory beliefs and contrasting opinions in Khleifi and Sivan’s masterful Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel, the historical truth of Palestine-Israel is gradually revealed like never before in a documentary film. This process captures one sense of the journey in the film’s title: a journey through the present to a still active, still determining past. Hence, Khleifi and Sivan adopt the virtual partition line of UN Resolution 181 of 1947 as a route of travel. The other sense of journeying is equally crucial, for both the directors’ cinematic project and their project of critique. Journeying means the act of contributing to a collective effort of change and transformation in the future” (MERIP).
In Part One the filmmakers start their journey in the south, from the port city of Ashdod to the borders of Gaza Strip.