The Iron Wall

While You Were Sleeping invites you to a screening of The Iron Wall, a critically acclaimed documentary about the prospect of peace in Palestine and Israel, which will be shown at the Bo-Kaap museum in Cape Town (see map and directions below) on Wednesday 14 February, Thursday 15 February and Friday 16 February at 7pm.


Just when you thought you knew all you ever needed to about the longstanding Israel/Palestine conflict, along comes a gripping new documentary film that will make you reassess the way you look at that seemingly intractable and hopeless situation.


The Iron Wall takes you inside the West Bank in a critical examination of Israel’s policy of constructing settlements in what is meant to become the largest part of a future Palestinian state. There are now more than 200 such settlements and outposts scattered throughout the West Bank. Do these settlements make the prospect of a contiguous Palestinian country a geographic impossibility?


The film also investigates the massive 670 kilometer long wall that Israel has been building around the entire West Bank. The Israeli government calls it a security barrier, critics refer to it as an Apartheid wall.


Through interviews with respected mainstream Israelis (such as Ha’aretz commentator Akiva Eldar and Peace Now settlement expert Dror Etkes), Israeli settlers and disillusioned soldiers, as well as Palestinian spokespeople (including Palestinian Authority Minister Ghassan El-Khatib and journalist Sama’an Khouri), The Iron Wall documents the history of the settlements and the wall and discusses their impact on the future of the region.


Director Mohammed Alatar, who grew up as a refugee in Jordan, comments: “This is not a balanced film, but it’s an objective film. It’s made by an open-minded Palestinian, and I challenge anyone to challenge the facts.”


Considering our own recent history and the tangible parallels between the Old South Africa and Israel/Palestine, The Iron Wall is required viewing for any South African serious about a peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis in the Middle East. Don’t miss it!


The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling Andreas at 084 772 1056 (please don’t call the museum for reservations). Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Snacks (wadas, samoosas, chillie-bites, salomies) and non-alcoholic beverages (ginger beer, cooldrinks, tizers) will be for sale at the venue.


You are encouraged to come to the venue early to allow you to mill around the museum before the film screening. We also recommend Biesmiellah (021-4230850) restaurant, located just a few meters further up Wale Street, for a dinner of good food at a very reasonable price.


Contact and ticket reservations:

Andreas Späth

084 772 1056

71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. Take Wale Street up through town towards Signal Hill. Cross over Buitengracht Street and onto the cobbled road. The museum is a block further up on the left, opposite the corner cafe.




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