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A Provocative Cartoon on Violence in the Holy Land

Dec 17, 2015 | 682 videos
Video by Nina Paley

Editor's note: This video contains depictions of violence that may be disturbing or distressing to some viewers.

The land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has changed hands countless times since the biblical era. In this short film, ​This Land is Mine, the animator Nina Paley uses caricatures and cartoon violence to depict this turbulent history—sparking debate from both sides about its representation of the continued conflict. Paley’s film features twenty-five characters, including the Canaanites, the Ottomans, the British, the state of Israel, and the PLO. You can find the complete list of characters on her website.

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Author: Daniel Lombroso

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