An intimate look into the creative process of Josef Koudelka, one of photography’s greatest living masters, while he's on a journey to capture the visual essence behind the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Koudelka used to think he was uninterested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Yet as someone who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, he developed a deep urge to photograph the long and winding Separation Barrier that Israel is constantly building in the West Bank. Almost fifty years after this award-winning Czech photographer documented the Soviet invasion of his country in some of the most gripping and austere visual war testimonies of our time, he set out to capture the epitome of all conflicted realities -- The Holy Land. The harsh, frustrating, breathtaking images of an ancient land trampled by hundreds of kilometers of wall, a wall that separates two peoples into two enormous prisons, illustrate the elusiveness of its intrinsic sanctity.
Israeli filmmaker Gilad Baram was Koudelka’s assistant during the four years he spent traversing the length of the wall, accompanying him while crawling beneath barbed wire, and talking to Palestinian children and Israeli soldiers alike in an effort to understand the absurd nature of his subject.
As Baram places the master photographer within his own breathtaking compositions, a fascinating dialogue emerges between the two. With the austere images of a landscape divided by concrete walls, Koudelka begins to delve into the very fundamentals of his artistic endeavour -- the effort to capture and convey the tragic absurdity of war in a single composition, in a moment frozen in time.
72 minutes, in English, Hebrew with English subtitles, 2015