The Invisible Walls of Occupation

Viewers are invited on a virtual tour of the Palestinian village of Burqah, a rural suburb of the city of Ramallah that has become cut off from its urban center through various restrictions imposed by Israel. The documentary has Burqah residents leading viewers on a virtual tour of their village. The project depicts the story of the village and illustrates various aspects of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. The project was co-produced by B’Tselem and Canadian digital studio Folklore, and is based on a B’Tselem report by the same name.

  • Osnat Skoblinski
  • Osnat Skoblinski
  • B'Tselem
    Smile and the World Will Smile Back, The Boy From H2
  • Folklore
    Graphic design & web development
    Mythes 2.0
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    החומות השקופות של הכיבוש
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Web / New Media
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Palestine, State of
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • T.O Webfest
    May 10, 2017
    North American Premier
    Best Interactive experince
  • Boomerang awards for excellence in Quebec’s digital communications industry.
    May 15, 2017
    Project at work screening
    «best social organisation website» «Best web developpement».
  • SIFF -Seattle International Film Festival
    United States
    July 20, 2017
  • Future of Storytelling Festival
    New York
    United States
    October 5, 2017
  • Yellowknife Internatinal Film Festival
    October 27, 2017
  • CA it Awards
    New York
    United States
    December 5, 2017
    Best Digital Interactive
  • New Media Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    June 16, 2018
    Mexico City
    July 25, 2018
    South American Premier
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
    United States
    April 20, 2018
    Remi Award Winner
  • Feminist Border Arts Film Festival
    United States
    April 16, 2018
  • BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago
    United States
    November 11, 2018
Director Biography - Osnat Skoblinski

Osnat Skoblinski is a journalist. She has been creating digital content for the Israeli human rights non-profit, B’Tselem, since 2012.

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Director Statement

The Invisible Walls of Occupation is an interactive documentary about Burqah, a Palestinian village. It was produced for human rights NGO B'Tselem. With a view to leaving visitors with a better grasp of what life is like under occupation, we invite the audience on a tour of a Palestinian village. News from conflict areas usually shows extreme incidents of shootings and physical violence, we rarely get to see what happens inside the houses in the background. This project shows how the occupation affects every aspect of life. By having the village residents inviting viewers into their homes and lives, and sharing their stories, combined with a unique interactive experience, we get as close as possible to a real visit to a Palestinian community. The walls of the occupation not only restrict their lives, they restrict the world's access to their stories. We wanted to break down those walls, even if only for a brief tour.

B'Tselem is the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories.
The movie was produced with the Montreal based studio-Folklore.