The free movement of goods and labour is key to building businesses anywhere in the world. But in the occupied West Bank, with no direct air or sea port, all goods and people coming in and out of the region are subject to stringent controls imposed by Israel.
Filmmaker Tom Evans and field producer Ghassan Khader spent a month following two import-export agents in Nablus. Their work is constantly frustrated by controls restrictions - every permit needs fighting for and they are powerless in the face of endless unexplained delays and confiscations at customs.
This is the second film in the series The Business of Occupation and takes a personal look at the realities of the Nablus economy under Israeli occupation.
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About Al Jazeera - Witness
Rageh Omaar presents Witness, a half-hour daily documentary series which features short, specially commissioned or acquired films gathered from independent filmmakers.
Each documentary reveals the unknown lives of ordinary people, following their lives, telling their stories and portraying the challenges that confront them. Our witnesses are people in a situation or those who have observed them first hand.
The films cover conflict, belief, the past and the future and as well as bringing new stories to light they showcase the talents of a new breed of multi-skilled, frontline journalist. In the studio, Rageh will further explore the issues raised in the films, with expert guests on the subject matter and the filmmakers themselves.