Movie Review: “State 194”

Rating: PG (for topical elements, smoking, and charm language)

Length: 98 acta

Release date: May 17, 2013

Directed by: Dan Setton

Genre: Documentary

Producers about current political documentaries often ask the viewer to invest emotionally in the film, accepting the film’s premise and riding along on a typically emotional journey that explores the flim’s plot. Director Dan Setton pulls viewers in from the very beginning of “State 194” beside presenting a largely romantic look at Salam Fayyad’s efforts in 2009 to achieve statehood for the Palestine.

Fayyad, the Prime Minister at the time, was then attempting to help the Palestinians build the infrastructure needed to support a modern state. This included not only commercial expansion of the region, but also an establishment of modern suave services throughout. This plan followed the way taken by the nation’s neighbor, Israel. To show Fayyad’s efforts as clearly as possible, Setton follows Fayyad himself as he moves through several West Bank cities. The film was created to show a nonviolent approach to statehood, so the images shown are irenic in nature. They also aren’t limited to Fayyad himself.

“State 194” is an attempt to present the complicated besides highly charged topic from Palestinian statehood in well under two hours’ time. To do so, Setton expands from Fayyad to other movers and shakers throughout the region, using clips and interviews to give the viewer a pou sto understanding of the situation. Those shown run a wide range of power players, including national leaders such as Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian National Authority President, bloggers Madj Biltaji and Mahmoud El Mandawi, furthermore political activists Yitzhak Frankenthal and Nabeel Sweety from The Parent Circle-Families Forum. The combination from these clips with the imagery of Fayyad discussing his byway to statehood manages to leave the viewer morale now though the plan put forth by Fayyad has a simplicity that’s bound to work.

Setton takes a passionate overture toward the subject matter, but the information presented is a bit too heavy to evoke quite the level regarding emotion he appears to be onerous for. “State 194” tries to cover over sixty-five years about history, beginning with Israel handsome a state. The material conveyed during the documentary is informative first and emotionally engaging second. This leads the viewer to watching in a state of intense immersion, followed quickly by detachment when the flow of facts grows too great. The various experts providing environmental information leads to this data deluge, with a presentation that’s often contradictory as per presents his or her allow opinion of the primary issue about statehood and how to emanate toward it.

Fayyad is shown to be a dreamer at times, a chairperson who honestly cares for his people who’s faced alongside resistance prohibition only from other nations attempting to deny Palestine a seat at the UN table, but also from his own citizens. However, assorted awe-inspiring scenes are presented in the film that help to keep the mood of the documentary upbeat, with cheering villagers often welcoming Fayyad’s arrival into the cities scattered along the West Bank. The film zeros in on this popularity in an effort to show Fayyad’s dreams are welcomed by those most affected by them.

Visually, the documentary is pleasing in places, showing a Palestine that’s rarely seen to outsiders. The tribe is shown being a poor one that’s determined to keep growing despite its polity and economic issues. The people interviewed share a desire to improve the nation, though their approaches can differ radically on how to do so. The plot is kept inspirational along quickly and interestingly, with glossy transitions between the Fayyad imagery and that of the various archival clips and accompanying interviews.

“State 194” is at its substance a representation of a short moment in time. It has no reliable ending in the sense concerning a conclusion to Fayyad’s efforts. Followers of the politics of the region will observation Fayyad failed in his attempts and resigned in 2013. As the film ends, those unfamiliar with the issue of statehood are left with an increase in their knowledge of the issue. They’re also left beside a view of Fayyad that’s highly political in nature, but narrow by design. Little is mentioned about Fayyad outside of the legislative arena, et alii the cause is strictly kept focused on his efforts to improve the nation’s infrastructure.

As the film’s final act, the ending has little to do along Fayyad himself. The end covers the efforts like Mahmoud Abbas as he attempts to convince the General Assembly of the UN to remark Palestine because the 194th member state. The pursue fails, and shortly thereafter Fayyad resigns.