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Directed by | Sharif Waked

Genre fiction  |  Length: 7mins  |  Year of production: 2003

Full Title: "Chic Point: Fashion For Israeli Checkpoints"

Chic Point imagines and interrogates "fashion for Israeli checkpoints." Set to a rhythmic beat, men model original designs where zippers, weaved nets, hoods, and buttons serve a unifying theme of exposed flesh. Body parts (lower backs, chests, abdomens) peek through holes, gaps, and splits woven into readymade silk and cotton tshirts, robes, and shirts. As the sights and sounds of the catwalk dim, the viewer is transported to the West Bank and Gaza. Stills display men traversing the violent and ubiquitous Israeli checkpoint. One after another lifts shirts, robes, and jackets some kneel shirtless, others naked, with guns pointed at their exposed flesh. Chic Point brings these locations together in a reflection on politics, power, aesthetics, the body, humiliation, surveillance, and chosen versus forced nudity.