BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM NOMINATION Academy Awards (1984)
BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR Israeli Academy Awards (1984)
INTERNATIONAL CRITICS PRIZE Venice Film Festival (1984)
Beyond the Walls tells the story of an unusual friendship between two prisoners, a Palestinian Arab and an Israeli Jew, who manage to unite their respective groups in a revolt against the manipulative prison authorities. Barbash's film works both as a brutal, compelling prison story and an allegorical tale about the power of cooperation between Arabs and Jews.
The film proved extremely popular in Israel and was the first feature screened in the Knesset. Followed in 1992 by Beyond the Walls II.
"Hard-hitting... a harsh, realistic portrayal of the best and worst within Israeli society."
- Amy Kronish, World Cinema: Israel
"Beyond the Walls is impressive photographically, and makes a tremendous emotional impact on the viewer."
-Helena Flusfeder, Jewish Forward
"This powerful drama... is one of the best films to come out of Israel in some time."
Beyond the Walls
Israel, 1984, 103 minutes, color
Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Directed by Uri Barbash
Public Exhibition 35mm Rental available