The Inner Tour

Overview

For the documentary The Inner Tour, Israeli-born filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz took a group of Palestinians from the West Bank on a three-day sightseeing tour through Israel. Many of them have never crossed what they call "the green line." When the tour bus stops on a beach, several of the children see the sea for the first time. One young man flirts with two young women from Italy, asking them in Arabic, "Will you marry me?" When they ask him, in English, what language he's speaking, he responds, "Chinese." ...
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Overview

For the documentary The Inner Tour, Israeli-born filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz took a group of Palestinians from the West Bank on a three-day sightseeing tour through Israel. Many of them have never crossed what they call "the green line." When the tour bus stops on a beach, several of the children see the sea for the first time. One young man flirts with two young women from Italy, asking them in Arabic, "Will you marry me?" When they ask him, in English, what language he's speaking, he responds, "Chinese." Reluctantly, he reveals that he is Palestinian. On a tour of a kibbutz, this same young man makes a videotape for his mother. Photographing a wall of photos of Jews who were killed defending the kibbutz back in the 1940s, he says, "These must be the people they consider their martyrs." The Israeli bus driver jokes with an older Palestinian man who has three wives. One young woman calmly talks about her husband, who was involved in the killing of an Israeli soldier during the intifada, and has been imprisoned for life. "I might have chosen some other way to fight them," she laments. One man asks a cab driver to take him to the spot where Yitzhak Rabin was killed. At the driver's prodding, he explains that when he was in prison, he met Rabin, and he describes their encounter. Later, the group visits the Tel Aviv Amusement Park. One of them states plainly, "A Jew killed my father. I never expected I would just see a Jew, and walk past him like that." The Inner Tour is Alexandrowicz's second documentary feature. The Israeli-Palestinian co-production was shown as part of the 2002 New Directors/New Films Festival in New York.
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Special Features

"Aftereffect": A behind-the-scenes program by Sundance Channelâ„¢, featuring interviews with the filmmakers; Sundance Channelâ„¢ promo; Director's statement; Theatrical trailer for Alexandrowicz's James Journey to Jersusalem
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Filmed in 2000, just a few months before violence escalated in the Middle East, The Inner Tour is a thoughtful documentary on an incendiary subject. Filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz starts with a provocative setup. He bypassed travel restrictions by taking a large group of Palestinians from the West Bank on a three-day bus tour of Israel. Alexandrowicz provides participants' names and residences, allowing their stories to unfold naturally from the conversations they have with each other. Despite living in close proximity, these people had very limited interaction with the Israeli population. But while there's a great deal of anger expressed in the film, these men and women also take advantage of a rare opportunity to connect with the Israelis as people and to glimpse their point of view. At the Tel Aviv Amusement Park, a younger woman, whose husband is serving a life sentence for his involvement in the death of an Israeli soldier, asks an older woman, whose husband was killed during the intifada, what she would do if she happened to see the Israeli who killed her husband. When the older woman angrily describes the revenge she would take, the young woman sadly wonders aloud what the mother of the Israeli soldier her husband killed might want to do to her. As viewers get to know these people, it's impossible not to sympathize with their plight. There's a deep underlying irony to the concept of turning this group into tourists, and it produces fascinating and moving images and interactions. The film offers no solutions, but in portraying the situation in such a humane way, it does suggest a glimmer of hope. All the more tragic that conditions in the region took such an ugly turn shortly after the film was made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 795975106238
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,695

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz Director
Mussein Abed al-Hamid Score Composer
Raed Andoni Producer
Liran Atzmor Producer
Ehud Banai Score Composer
Sharon De Mayo Cinematographer
Ron Goldman Editor
Noam Halevi Score Composer
Oleg Kayserman Sound/Sound Designer
George Yosef Semain Score Composer
Daniel Shitrit Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Very Nice Israel?" [27:07]
2. "Years Pass and for Us Time Stands Still" [11:33]
3. "I Don't Want to See, I Don't Want to See" [14:50]
4. "One Tear Is Worth the World to You" [8:58]
5. "Do You Like Your Life?" [10:14]
6. "I Never Imagined I Would Walk Among the Jews" [13:12]
7. The Way Home [10:59]
8. End Credits [1:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Behind-the-Scenes
      Play
   Trailers
      The Inner Tour
      James' Journey to Jerusalem
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