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Diameter of the Bomb (2005)

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A documentary about a group of disparate people in Israel and the Occupied Territories, all connected by a single catastrophic suicide bomb.

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Since the renewed Intifada began in 2000, there have been over 75 Palestinian suicide bombings. This is the story of 0ne-the bombing of bus 32 in Jerusalem in June 2002. The film connects the stories of a group of ordinary Israelis-Jews and Arabs. Each of them holds a clue to someone who died that day. Written by Anonymous

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31 March 2006 (UK)  »

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Really disappointing documentary that never seeks to go beyond the personal level to give a wider context
10 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In Jerusalem on 18/06/02, bus 32A was destroyed during a morning rush hour attack by a suicide bomber. 50 people were hurt and 19 people died as a result. Sixteen months after this attack, the diverse collection of people caught up in the bombing (either personally or having a loved one lost in the attack) reflect on what happened.

Given the power in the subject matter, I was quite looking forward to this film because I had hoped it would do a great job of pushing its point forward and educating beyond the specifics of the suicide attack on bus 32A. Certainly the level of access to the people involved (families of victims and of perpetrators) suggested that it would have a great base to build on. It is a real shame then that the film does little beyond this specific story. Of course this is still quite moving and interesting but the subject demanded a wider picture (at least to me I thought it did). I wanted it to help me understand the wider politics and problems beyond the loss of these specific people – it sounds harsh but the film should have used them better to deliver a story and a point on several levels and not just the human one that it operated on.

The contributions don't really help it do this though as they are all, of course, full of grief and loss. However the audience can only feel so much from this and I did become quite jaded by it after a while. The access to the bomber's family was good and made for an impacting and depressing scene, but the makers didn't do much with it or push the topic at all. Overall then a really disappointing documentary. It does have some value at the personal level but lacks the bigger picture context that could have made it a much more valuable film.


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