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    Koudelka Shooting Holy Land

    Koudelka, sihikul püha maa |

    Director: Gilad Baram

    Country: Germany, Czech Republic

    Year: 2015

    Length: 72'

    Language: In Hebrew, Arabic and English, with English subtitles

    The Czech Photographer Josef Koudelka grew up behind the Iron Curtain and always wanted to know “what was on the other side”. Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, the legendary Magnum photographer arrives in Israel and Palestine.

    On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank, Koudelka is deeply shaken and embarks on a four-year project in the region, which will confront him once again with the harsh realities of violence and conflict.

    Director Gilad Baram, Koudelka’s assistant at the time, follows him on his journey through the Holy Land, from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to another. In each location – soon to become a new “Koudelka photo” – a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting, as well as the people he encounters.