In contrast to close-up shots, long shots are used in a much different way. A long shot is “a camera shot from a great distance, usually showing the characters as very small in comparison to their surroundings” (IMDB). In many films, long shots are used to set the stage for the upcoming plot. They portray the character and his setting. In the film The Searchers, for example, long shots are used to show the typical western setting of the film. The shot starts to develop the theme of the film and establishes the character in the setting.
Hany Abu-Assad, who lived in Palestine where the film was shot, experienced the conflict that he chose to show in the film first hand, which was a major reason that his close-up and long shots were so effective. He is familiar with the oppression that Palestinians,