A new film by Jonathan Sagall opened this week in Israel.
As an actor, Jonathan Sagall has appeared in a number of international films, including Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List and George Roy Hill's Little Drummer Girl. He is well known to Israeli audiences for his role as a teenager in Boaz Davidson's Lemon Popsicle and its sequel, Going Steady, and he won an award for best actor for his role in Amos Gutmann's Drifting. In more recent years he has turned to directing -- his directorial debut, Urban Feel, won prizes at Valencia, Varna and Haifa.
Sagall's new film, Lipstikka, is about two Palestinian women. Although the film is clearly critical of Israeli soldiers, this is not the focus of the film. The story opens with two Palestinian girls living in Ramallah – Inam and Lara -- one is Christian and one is Muslim. In order to celebrate Lara's birthday, they decide to cross the checkpoint into Jerusalem, where they have a terrible encounter with brutal and macho Israeli soldiers who manipulate and violently abuse them.