Still from Palestine is Still The Issue
Still from Palestine is Still The Issue

Palestine is Still the Issue

by Anthony Stark
John Pilger returns to the Middle East and questions why there has been no progress towards peace.
2002  ·  53m  ·  
About the Film

In 1977, the award-winning journalist and film-maker, John Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine Is Still The Issue (1977). He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967. In this in-depth documentary, he has returned to the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza, and to Israel, to ask why the Palestinians, whose right of return was affirmed by the United Nations more than half a century ago, are still caught in a terrible limbo — refugees in their own land, controlled by Israel in the longest military occupation in modern times.

“The fate and struggle of the Palestinians,” says Pilger, “are not just critical to the overdue recognition of their basic human rights, but are also central to whether the region, and the wider world, are plunged into war. Israel is now one of the biggest military powers in the world. While nothing changes, the dangers become greater. This is a film about a nation of people, traumatized, humiliated and yet resilient. In trying to liberate less than a quarter of historic Palestine, they have had no army, no air force, and no powerful friends — and have fought back with slingshots and now with the terrorism of the suicide bombers.”

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Festivals and Awards
Columbus International Film & Video Festival , The Chris Award
Vermont International Film Festival, Best of Category
Chicago International Television Awards, Certificate of Merit
BAFTA Awards, Nominated, Best Current Affairs
Production Company
Carlton International Media Ltd
Christopher Martin
Presented By
John Pilger
John Pilger
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