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Video: Road Map to Apartheid

March 8, 2011

On the first day of Israeli Apartheid Week in Gaza City I was there to enjoy three hours of fascinating discussions about Israel and the apartheid analogy. For twenty minutes, we watched several short films about the BDS movement and the Israeli apartheid regimen. The video linked below was one of the videos presented.

Stop the Wall and collaborated to create the Israeli Apartheid Video Contest.Out of the submissions, the top 10 films were selected to be featured on Out of those 10 films, three were chosen for higher honours.

The Expert Panel Prize and Overall Prize were given to ‘Road Map to Apartheid.’ This 10-minute film is excerpted from the forthcoming feature-length documentary. The film was made by Ana Nogueira and was described by GRITtv as follows: “As much an historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, the film shows us why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them. The effectiveness of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that helped end apartheid in South Africa is also compared to its effectiveness in the Israeli context to end the occupation”.

I think that “Road Map to Apartheid” should be on your list of films to watch in 2011. Unlike us in Gaza, you out there have a greater chance of being able to watch the feature-length documentary!

This excerpt won the Overall Prize as well as the Expert Panel Prize in the Israeli Apartheid Video Contest.


One Comment
  1. Sam P permalink

    You’re right: that film does look brilliant. To see the grainy monochrome footage of armoured vehicles heading to crush blacks’ homes, one gets a sort-of feeling of viewing history – something whose horror we acknowledge, but there is also the feeling that it is behind us now, indeed that was decades before my life began, I couldn’t have done anything. To see the pristine colour footage of black-clad Israeli stormtroopers destroying a Palestinian village is heartbreaking, the comparison between the situation of the Palestinians and Apartheid in South Africa quite clearly goes far beyond a mere analogy. I wish I knew how to do more.

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