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RACHEL


Directed by | Simone Bitton

Genre documentary  |  Length: 100mins  |  Year of production: 2009


Simone Bitton (Wall, Citizen Bishara) has crafted a dispassionate but devastating essay investigating the circumstances of Rachel Corrie’s death. Rachel looks to capture the spirit of Corrie’s youth and her political commitment, while delivering a rigorous excavation into the killing of the US peace activist and International Solidarity Movement member in Gaza in 2003. A few weeks after her death, an internal inquiry by Israeli military police quietly concluded that Corrie had died in an accident. Bitton’s stirring film moves between this “official” version of events and the testimony of soldiers, witnesses, and fellow activists, as well as that of Corrie’s family and friends, and her own voice, recorded in a journal.