Shimon Dotan’s extraordinary Israeli documentary (2006) goes inside high-security prisons to examine the networks forged by incarcerated Palestinians, most of them doing time for terrorist acts. Many study political science and international relations and acquire diplomatic skills negotiating with wardens, and some campaign for seats in the Palestinian parliament from their cells. Inmates are grouped by party affiliation, and their spokesmen exhibit varying degrees of tact and humor, but all share an unswerving commitment to their cause. By far the most disturbing interview is with a former TV anchor who masterminded the 2001 Hamas bombing of a Jerusalem pizzeria; upon learning that not three but eight children died in the blast, she flashes a gleaming smile. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.
1 hour 29 min • 2006