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IN THE SPIDER'S WEB


Directed by | Hanna Musleh

Genre documentary  |  Length: 45mins  |  Year of production: 2004


‘In the Spider's Web' was produced by Ramallahbased Human Rights organisation, Al Haq, in order to provide a visual overview of collective punishment as it affects the daily lives of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The film tells many stories, but focuses on two in particular those of a woman in Nablus and another in Hebron. Each of them talks of the impact that the compounded measures of intimidation (curfews, closures) and other collective penalties has on their lives. This powerful film directly confronts the audience with the connections between Israeli violations of international law, and the social consequences suffered by many women, some of whom end up blamed for their own plight. More broadly, Musleh's film highlights the impact that collective punishment has had and continues to have on an entire civilian population.