Ford Transit

Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


While Palestinian passengers banter about roadblocks, George Bush, suicide bombers, and the intractable Arab-Israeli standoff, their intrepid freelance driver Rajai maneuvers his Ford minivan—formerly an Israeli police car—along the virtually impassable thoroughfares between East Jerusalem and Ramallah, his movement severely impaired by checkpoints and curfews. Driving the wrong way down a street, barreling off-road, and flaunting a marked contempt for the policies that have so increased regional anxieties, Rajai embodies the spirit it takes to survive under siege in a film that melds music, humor, and anger into a high-spirited critique of a crisis with no foreseeable end.

— Diane Weyermann


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