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Diameter Of The Bomb Review

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In June of 2002, a bomb exploded on a number 32 bus in Jerusalem. This film examines the catastrophe from every possible angle, taking in dozens of accounts from Arab and Jew alike.

★★★★

Inspired by the eponymous poem by Israeli Yehuda Amichai, this British-Canadian documentary examines a specific terrorist atrocity — the suicide bombing of a crowded bus in Jerusalem in 2002 — from every conceivable angle. Forensic footage, news coverage and Hamas military video are expertly blended with testimony from those affected: the victims’ families, the bus driver whose shift-swapping saved his life, a member of the Israeli secret service responsible for “target killing” suicide-bomber cells — even the bomber’s family.

Less partisan than the Oscar-winning One Day In September but no less accomplished, the film is moving without being manipulative, leaving you with a sense of numb helplessness and incomprehension.

A nobly intentioned, well-conceived and rigorous documentary which demonstrates how a suicide bombing’s ripple effect extends far beyond the blast radius.