Raving reviews to Nir Barams documentary “Land without Borders”

October 10, 2017EN

“Land without Borders” made by Nir Baram and Michael Alalu reviews:

“This important movie shows that we haven’t even begun to speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” (Editor’s Choice, “Time Out”)

“A refreshing perspective, without moral patronizing. Baram’s honesty is unburdened by illusions. As a result, it opens a window for new approaches.” (Einav Shiff, “Yediot Aharonot”)

“An important, fascinating film that every person here should see.” (Maya Sela, “What’s Involved”, “This is Culture”)

“Lets talk about 1948!” (Ha’aretz supplement ranking committee chose “Land without Borders” as the best documentary of the year)

“A courageous, important movie that upsets familiar outlooks on the occupation.” (Gal Gabbay, “Setting Things Straight”, Channel 2)

“In a wise, dispassionate voice, Baram hears the unpleasant truths about the conflict.” (Doron Brosh, “Ma’ariv”)

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In an Article about the most important books regarding 50 years of the 1967 war Nir Baram book received great review: “The great virtue of his book is that Baram lets his interlocutors speak for themselves : To hear it from the people who currently live in the occupied territories — 650,000 Jewish settlers and 2.7 million Palestinians — it is now as much a zero-sum game as ever. Their voices come through in A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank (Text Publishing, paper, $16.95), a wide-ranging travelogue from Nir Baram, an Israeli novelist, translated by Jessica Cohen…

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A kirkus star review for A land without Borders: “From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense that one state needs to satisfy sovereignty for all.”

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Nir Baram was interviewed by Brian Lehrer in his Radio show in WNYC Radio about ‘Land without Borders’

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“Nir Baram does what more people in the region should undertake: a grand listening tour that encompasses all sides of the conflict. The author is a good listener, too, albeit one who isn’t afraid to ask hard questions”

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The writer and thinker like Vladimir Vertlib reviews Barams nonfiction book (Die Presse): “Barams ambivalence between sober analysis and emotional tone, between destructive criticism of the Israeli occupation and the concern for the Israelis, identified with his country, has marked the tone of the book, and gives him the voltage and the exemplary intensity of a good reports.”

“Zwischen diesen beiden Polen – zwischen Resignation und einer, scheinbar wider alle Vernunft beschworenen Hoffnung – bewegt sich das Buch. Der Autor selbst hat bei den zahlreichen Interviews, die er auf seinen Reisen gemacht hat, stets professionelle Distanz gewahrt und ließ seine liberalkritische Haltung in manchen Kommentaren dennoch durchscheinen. Diese Ambivalenz zwischen nüchterner Analyse und Emotionalität, zwischen vernichtender Kritik an der israelischen Besatzungspolitik und der Betroffenheit eines Israelis, der sich mit seinem Land identifiziert, prägt den Ton des Buches, verleiht ihm Spannung und jene exemplarische Eindringlichkeit, die guten Reportagen eigen ist.”

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Nir Baram interview with NRC

September 9, 2016EN

Nir Baram gave a substantive interview to NRC, one of Netherlands leading newspaper

“Wie zijn oplossing utopisch noemt, slaat Baram fel om de oren. „En de tweestatenoplossing is dat niet? Hoeveel dichterbij zijn we in een halve eeuw bezetting gekomen? Ik vind dat er sprake is van intellectuele luiheid bij de linkse partijen in Israël, in Europa en in Amerika, met al hun zombieachtige gepraat over twee staten.”

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Nir baram nonfiction book gets the highest grade from De Standaard the book was reviewed by JORN DE COCK
“Barams boek is in de eerste plaats voor  Israëlische  lezers,  om  heneen  blik  te  gunnen  achter  die
Muur.  Dat  maakt  dat  Een  land zonder grenzen een stuk dieper ingaat op de crisis dan de gebruikelijke
inleidingen  op  het  conflict die alles nog eens uitleggen. Voor een  buitenlandse  lezer  komt  het
uitgebreide  notenapparaat  aanhet einde van het boek handig van pas.”

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This is maybe the most profound review about “The land beyond the mountains” (Im Land der Verzweiflung) so Far which was written by the prominent Palestinian Writer Ala Hlehel, one of the most important voices in the Palestinian society.

“Documentary literature is supposed to work against this type of writing: To the greatest degree possible, it should nullify the personal desires of the writer, and strive to construct an “objective” reality. Baram may not be 100 percent dedicated to this premise, but he certainly succeeds in providing a stage for that sort of reality, where it (the reality) features as the main protagonist, constructed from situations, interviews, monologues, inner thoughts and descriptions. He also dispenses with the pretense of being an objective journalist, and succeeds in maintaining his artistic style with a clear, characteristic technique. This is one of the book’s major achievements.”

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“Auch wenn es nicht immer einfach ist, den Überblick über die Personen und Ortsnamen zu behalten, ist das Buch sehr lesenswert. Es bringt das auf den Punkt, was wir in den letzten Jahren in Zeitungen und Zeitschriften gelesen haben, und das in einer Sprache, die kompromisslos und anschaulich zugleich ist. Zudem hält sich der Autor mit Schuldzuweisungen zurück. Es handelt sich ja um einen Konflikt, der vom Zwang diktiert wird, dass zwei Völker ein Land teilen müssen. Die Menschen oder die Religionen sind dabei mehr Opfer als Täter. Das macht die Situation auch so wahnsinnig schwierig und auf absehbare Zeit nicht lösbar. Der Autor zeigt dies, ohne zu urteilen.”

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Nir Baram non fiction book hit number 1 in the best sellers list.

April 4, 2016EN

3 weeks after publication Nir Barams Non-fiction book about his journey in the West Bank and East Jerusalem hit number 1 in the best seller list in Israel (marked in yellow).

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A TV report (in English) which appeared in Aspekte Tv show By ZDF. The report deals with Nir Baram’s new Nonfiction book and was filmed in the West Bank.

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“Nir Baram is an incorruptible observer and he doesn’t spare himself nor his opposition. He gets very close to the neuralgic points and doesn’t evade potentially politically explosive and delicate confrontations…
Baram’s great achievement is that that he resists condemnations or finger-pointing – despite of desperation on the one hand and cynical indifference on the other side. And he resists to present solutions which no one believes any ways any longer…
On some of the best pages about some of the toughest encounters for which the author has no words he lets you physically experience the absurdity and tragedy of the conflict – a pain that you can tell was the constant companion of the writer during these reportage.”

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Nir Baram was interviewed for TTT culture program, one of the most famous TV programs in Germany. Baram was interviewed in Tel Aviv and East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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“Kann man überhaupt noch einen neuen Blick auf den Konflikt zwischen Israelis und Palästinensern werfen? Es ist doch längst alles gesagt. Die Positionen wirken wie in Stein gemeißelt. Aber sie zeigen mehr und mehr Risse. Nir Baram hat sich die Aufgabe gestellt, sie an der Praxis zu messen. Zu diesem Zweck hat sich der israelische Schriftsteller ein Jahr lang an den neuralgischen Punkten umgeschaut, unter jüdischen Siedlern im Westjordanland und deren unfreiwilligen, palästinensischen Nachbarn.”

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“Nir Baram writes not only a brilliant report. He portrays a very convincing picture of the fact that the concept of strict separation between Israelis and Palestinians that have been devised in Oslo, in Washington and Taba, is long since overtaken by reality.”
Peter Kapern bespricht Nir Barams Reportagenband „Im Land der Verzweiflung“ und sprach mit dem Autor darüber. „Nir Baram schreibt nicht nur glänzende Reportagen. Er lenkt sehr überzeugend den Blick darauf, dass die Konzepte einer strikten Trennung von Israelis und Palästinensern, die in Oslo, in Washington und Taba ersonnen wurden, von der Realität längst überholt sind.“

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Amos Oz: about Nir Baram Non fiction book “Im Land der Verzweiflung”

February 2, 2016EN

The Author Amos Oz about Nir Baram’s book “Im Land der Verzweiflung”: “Baram produced a painful, even shocking travel book. Although I do not share some of his analysis and his ultimate conclusions, I am still impressed by his sharp eye and his fierce sense of the Israeli Palestinian tragedy. ”

picture by :Mariusz Kubik

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3 months after publication the critically acclaimed Non-fiction book by Nir Baram which dominated the best-sellers list in the past 10 weeks is again number 1 in the Best-sellers list.

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A.B Yehoshua, one of Israel most celebrated authors, writes to Haaretz about Nir Barams reportage “walking the green Line”: “And even though Baram has firm political and ideological views to which, with civic courage, he voices in every public platform, in these articles he consistently quiets the political and ideological passion within him so as to become a most attentive listener, one who, with noteworthy patience and moderation, records things that under other circumstances would surely make his blood boil. As a writer, he brings a richness and linguistic precision to these articles, which make it impossible to avoid contemplating the absurd situation that we continue to fashion with our own hands.

“At the stage we have now reached, Nir Baram’s effort is of particular importance, as he puts his great literary talent to use in an attempt to break through Israeli denial.”

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