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.
Koudela used to think he is uninterested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Yet as someone who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, he felt a deep urge to photograph the long and winding Separation Barrier that Israel is constantly building. Almost fifty years after this award-winning Czech photographer documented the Soviet invasion of his country, a project resulting in some of the most gripping and austere visual war testimonies of our time, he now sets to capture the epitome of all conflicted realities; The Holy Land, with its harsh, frustrating, breathtaking images of a primordial land trampled by hundreds of kilometers of wall, a wall that separates two peoples into two enormous prisons, its intrinsic sanctity and reverence ever so elusive.
Israeli filmmaker Gilad Baram was Koudelka’s assistant during the four years he spent visiting the length of the wall, accompanying him when he crawled beneath barbed wire, talking to Palestinian children and Israeli soldiers alike in an effort to understand the absurd nature of his subject.
As the filmmaker 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 begin to delve into the very fundumentals of his artistic endavour - how 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