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.