Rubber Coated Steel

Lawrence Abu Hamdan [Jordan-Palestine, 2016, 21 min, num., VOA/Original English version]

Le film suit le procès fictif de soldats israéliens accusés d’un crime ayant réellement eu lieu, le meurtre de deux adolescents palestiniens non armés. Il cherche à amplifier la voix des victimes rendues silencieuses, questionnant de façon fondamentale la manière dont les droits sont entendus aujourd’hui.  

In May 2014, Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank (Palestine) shot and killed two teenagers, Nadeem Nawara and Mohamad Abu Daher. The human rights organization Defence for Children International contacted Forensic Architecture, a Goldsmiths College-based agency that undertakes advanced architectural and media research. They worked with Abu Hamdan to investigate the incident. The case hinged upon an audio-ballistic analysis of the recorded gunshots to determine whether the soldiers had used rubber bullets, as they asserted, or broken the law by firing live ammunition at the two unarmed teenagers. A little over a year after Abu Hamdan completed his report, he returns to the case of Abu Daher and Nawara in his video Rubber Coated Steel, that acts as a tribunal for these serial killing sounds. It does not preside over the voices of the victims but rather seeks to amplify their silence, fundamentally questioning the ways in which rights are being heard today.