I thought I would post the two parts of the documentary “Jenin Jenin” that documents the aftermath of the Jenin Massacre. It’s strange, with these types of films they are either entirely loved or entirely hated. But it’s based entirely on testimonials that are entirely emotional. Filmed in the Jenin refugee camp Palestinian filmmaker Muhammad Bakri calls it a film about “human suffering as such – about a wounded soul, a demolished home, a felled tree, a picked flower, a broken heart.” It is by nature a one-sided film, but it’s not about a military operation it is about a people and what they themselves went through, something that no one else can describe but themselves. It’s the side no one in the western hemisphere ever hears about or prefers to deny even exists.
The film is dedicated to Iyad Samudi, the film’s executive producer who was shot to death by Israeli soldiers near Jenin after finishing filming. I think the 12 year old girl is one of most interesting personalities in the documentary and really personifies the Palestinian spirit and its resiliency. The entire film is a reminder of that and it’s something we should never forget.