In Depth

Statement from Director Joshua Baker

"My goal is to take a different approach to the way that documentaries have been made on this conflict. For me they are often approached with dramatic intentions, something that is appropriate for some conflicts, but not this one. This conflict is different, far more permanent and much slower but with bursts of violence interspersed.

The conflict is routine, the people tasked with solving it have failed for decades, allowing the status quo to flourish. As such the film is intentionally subtle, aiming to bring the viewer to the point of forgetting this is a film about a conflict, before reminding them vividly and perhaps slightly beautifully, that this is indeed still a dangerous place.

The story that comes to mind that best expresses what I mean, is when I watched a young girl of 3 or 4 build a small pyramid in her living room out of a pile of rubber bullets her family had collected, after being shot at or shot with them. The girl built the pyramid and the family applauded, encouraging her to do it again. This image was much more affecting to me than any gun shot or dead body. It spoke to the permanence of the conflict. Violent moments for me have a finite existence, whereas this girl's action is indicative of a deeper problem, one that will last a lifetime." 


Note from Producer, Amy Basil
"When Joshua's project first came to me I was struck by the professionalism and ‘togetherness’ of the package. It was far and away one of the best pitch proposals I had ever seen. It belied his youth and at the same time underscored a borderline maniacal work ethic. My instincts proved to be correct, conservative even, and now I find myself in the midst of a documentary that is decoding and humanising the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process. 

Joshua’s propulsion towards activity, his passion and dedication to the story above anything else and his requirement to learn, is evident in the vast breadth of experience he has accumulated in a disarmingly short career. From the unforgiving practicality of production, to the intensely cerebral development process; from straight-up news journalism, to ‘do-it-yourself’ independent filmmaking, he has seen more than most. For me though, the best and most exciting part is this: he’s just getting started." 
 

 

Technical Notes

Running Time: 59 minutes

The Process was shot on the Canon EOS C300 using C-Log

Filmed in 25p, 16:9 ratio at its highest HD resolution.

Sound was recorded via Sennheiser G3 lapel mics, transmitted wirelessly to the C300 or recorded onboard with the Sennheiser NTG2 microphone

Over 5000 minutes of footage was recorded over the entire shooting period, spanning from late September to early November 2013.

The film was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro, running on Apple Macintosh.