Divine Intervention People and the Land
People and the Land
The checkpoint separating Palestinian Ramallah and Israeli Jerusalem is the unlikely setting for Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention, a light-handed political satire and love story evoking such masters of comic minimalism as Buster Keaton and Jim Jarmusch.
Consisting of a series of humorous, elegant, and politically biting sketches, the film follows the main character, identified simply as "ES" (and played by the Palestinian-born director), as he tends to his dying father and journalist girlfriend, who lives across the checkpoint on the West Bank. (2002; 92 mins.)
The award-winning documentary People and the Land, codirected by Riad Bahhur and Columbus filmmaker Tom Hayes, offers a provocative look at the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from a human rights point of view. (1996; 58 mins.)
Admission$5 students (tickets required)
Season SupportSupport for the 2002-03 film/video season provided by the Rohauer Collection Foundation and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.
International films, documentaries, and visiting filmmaker presentations presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council.