B ased on the novel, A Vision of Angels
Alerted to a suicide bomb plot, Major Jakov Levy orders the closure of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Unable to get his trucks to market, a prominent Palestinian farmer, Amin Mousa, dumps truckloads of tomatoes in a refugee camp, which is reported by CNN. Paul Kessler, an American journalist, decides to go to Gaza for Amin’s story.
Paul picks up a friend, Issa, with whom he plans to attend Good Friday services at a desert monastery. At a checkpoint, the bomb is discovered in Paul’s car and Issa is killed. His death sets off a round of violence in which Major Levy’s daughter is mortally wounded. Amin Mousa, exposed as an Hamas sympathizer and financially ruined, commits suicide. Paul is deported.
‘Checkpoint’ is a story of the human drama behind the peace process. It is also a story of hope. Through his daughter’s death, Major Levy and his estranged son find a path to reconciliation. But not before his son has been arrested for organizing a candlelight vigil banned by the government. Despite the ban, in an outpouring of support, people throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories light candles in a simple and powerful plea for peace.
‘Checkpoint’ won the Grand Prize in the Rhode Island International Film Festival‘s Screenwriting Competition, was a Finalist in the 2008 Contest of Contest Winners, and has placed in numerous other prestigious competitions. ‘Checkpoint’ is an adaptation from the author’s own novel which won the 2008 Paris Prize for Fiction.