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Maria Rezola
June 1, 2005

Maria Rezola

Head of thematic channels,

Sogecable (Spain)

My favorite film is Checkpoint. I like the realism and the simplicity with which the director (Yoav Shamir) shows us the conflict of the occupied Palestinian territories. Similarly, I enjoy the simplicity of the visual language and its story.

We are in the ‘reality’ world, where filmmakers tell stories by showing us pictures and then methodically explain what we’re seeing in a voice-over. Checkpoint lets us draw our own conclusions about the conflict without taking part. It allows us to approach the subject as a spectator. I believe in mixing reality with traditional documentary and fiction approaches.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.