Berlinale

The Law in these Parts (Shilton Ha Chok)

Synopsis
Israel has ruled the West Bank since the 1967 war. Over the years it has created a system of long-term jurisdiction by an occupying army that is unique in the world. The men entrusted with creating the legal framework for this occupation were the members of Israel’s military legal corps. Responding to constantly changing needs, these legal professionals face complex judicial and moral dilemmas in order to develop and uphold a system of long-term military “rule by law” of an occupied population, all, according to Israel, in complete accordance with international law. The Law in These Parts explores this unprecedented and little-known story through face-to-face interviews with the military legal professionals who architected this system and helped run it in its formative years.


World premiere
Jerusalem Film Festival 2011

Key festivals and awards
Best Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival 2011
World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Prize International Feature, Hotdocs 2012

Israel, 2011
Director: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
Producers: Liran Atzmor (Israel), Zero Fiction Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: Zero Fiction Film
World sales: Ro*Co Films International (USA)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2007
Funding amount: 40.000 €