Director –Mohammed Alatar
Producer – Stefan Ziegler



“Broken” is a film by renowned film director Mohammed Alatar about International Law, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Israeli Wall in Palestine: a tangled web of law, politics and power, and how history refuses to turn.

When the International Court of Justice elevates the Israeli-Palestine conflict to a new level of visibility in 2004, many see it as turning point in the history both of Palestine and of International Law. But will history turn? BROKEN is a filmmaker’s journey across three continents, attempting to find answers. 

AdvocacyProductions has delegated all artistic and technical aspects of making the film to the Palestinian-American filmmaker Mohammed Alatar, within the framework of a fixed budget and a clear overall description and vision of the film. Mr. Alatar is using Palestinian and European resources for the shooting and editing. All funds, logistical support and research backing has been provided by AdvocacyProductions to the director’s filmmaking process from the very start. Distribution, communications and some of the post-production activities will also be carried out from Switzerland.

In 2002 the Israeli government began the construction of a 700 km-long wall in the West Bank, predominantly on the Palestinian side of the “Green Line”. Two years later, the UN General Assembly asked the ICJ to advise on the legality of the Wall. In its advisory opinion of 2004, the ICJ declared the construction of the Wall on occupied Palestinian territory to be contrary to international law and called upon Israel to desist from further constructing it and also to make reparations for all damages caused.

For Palestine and for international law, the ICJ’s advisory opinion was an historic turning point. But history does not turn easily! Today, twelve years later, Israel has not desisted or made reparations. To the contrary: the Wall is nearing completion and most States have made little effort to ensure compliance by Israel of its obligations under international law.

To understand what happened, the filmmaker crosses three continents so as to meet ICJ judges, diplomats, experts and United Nations officials. They speak with unrestrained candour, and provide compelling insights.

List of Contributors

  • Judge Thomas Buergenthal, former Judge at the International Court of Justice (2000-10), Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington University Law School (United States),
  • Judge Bruno Simma, former Judge at the International Court of Justice (2003-12), affiliated member, University of Michigan Law School (United States), judge/arbitrator at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague, former Dean of the University of Munich Faculty of Law.
  • Judge Theodor Meron, President of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (The Hague), former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Professor Emeritus, New York University School of Law (United States), former legal counsel to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
  • Ambassador Nasser Al-Qudwa, former Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (1991-2005), until 2014 United Nations Deputy Mediator on Syria.
  • Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, former Judge of the ICJ and former Prime Minister of Jordan.
  • Professor Pieter Bekker, former Senior Counsel to Palestine at the International Court of Justice hearings on the Wall (2004), Chair in International Law, University of Dundee (Scotland).
  • Professor John Dugard, former United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (2001-08), Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (South Africa).