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Films


The Arab-Israeli Conflict 

Israel: A Nation is Born (1997)

360 minutes
An Israel Heritage/WNET Production
Producer and Director: Neville Meyer
Narrator: Abba Eban

This television mini-series, originally 5 episodes, was released in 1992.  In 1997, it was re-released with an additional episode and in again in 2002, as a boxed DVD set. Abba Eban, an Israeli diplomat and politician who served as foreign minister during Israel's Six Day War,  presents the story of modern Israel through both historical events and personal, firsthand recollections of many of those who lived them, using international newsreels, archival film footage, and photographs as well as both modern and vintage interviews that, while heavily weighted toward the Zionists and eventual Israelis, also include those of world Arab leaders and local Arab citizens. About the series, Eban said, "the series is designed to provide an essential context to an inspiring human story."
 The episodes include:
From the Rise of Zionism to 1948 (51m:01s)
The Creation of the State 1948-56 (51m:11s)
Coming of Age 1956-67 (50m:40s)
Six Days That Changed the Middle East 1967-73 (48m:40s)
New Conflicts, New Dreams 1973-90 (55m:25s)
On the Brink of Peace (56m:33s)—added in 1997 

Purchasing & Rental Instructions: Home Vision Entertainment 
Also available for Purchase from: Amazon.com; WGBH

 

Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East (2003)

60 minutes
Israel, Color, English/Spanish/Hebrew
Producers: Raphael Shore, Pael Seidman, Honest Reporting:
Directors:  Wayne Kopping, Brian K. Spector

"Relentless" uses primary source video clips to examine the history of the Mideast conflict and how the Oslo peace process unraveled in a surge of violence. Interviews with relatives of Palestinian terrorism victims, clips from Palestinian TV encouraging terrorism and footage of viciously anti-Semitic sermons broadcast from Palestinian mosques allow Americans to understand and contextualize the struggle for safety and peace in the Middle East.

Contact Info: HonestReporting.com/relentless
To purchase online
: Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East

 

Shooting Conflicts (2003)

48 minutes
Israel, English  
Producers: Noam Shalev and Yosi Leon
Director: Noam Shalev

For seven years, Alon Bernstein, an Israeli TV news journalist working for AP and Jimmy Michael, a Palestinian TV journalist working for BBC, have gathered the news, witnessing events from opposite sides of the conflict, filming terrorist attacks, military occupation, aftermaths of suicide bombings, peace initiatives and human suffering. Their views and opinions are shaped and formed by personal, direct encounters with the events, undiluted by the editorial bias that dictates the daily TV news seen all over the world.  In "Shooting Conflicts," the pair reveal their first hand experiences in forthright interviews with the filmmaker.

Contact and Purchasing Information: Highlight Films
Email: info@highlight.co.il
For information about screenings: noam@highlight.co.il

 

The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1998)
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300 minutes
PBS/WGBH/BBC Film
Executive Producers: PBS, Zvi Dor-Ner, Brian Lapping, Norma Percy
Producer/Directors: David Ash, Dai Richards, Michael Simkin and Charlie Smith

This documentary--created by PBS for the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel--attempts an even-handed study of the relationship and conflicts between Israelis and Arabs. The film opens with the 1947 decision of the U.N. to partition Palestine and includes numerous film clips as well as interviews with political and military leaders on both sides, as well as from the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. The first episode includes Israel''s struggle for statehood, the wars of 1948 and 1967, and the history of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The second episode covers the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1978 Camp David Accord, the 1987 Palestinian Intifada Uprising, and the Oslo Agreement in 1993--and reconciliation attempts which followed. Officials interviewed include Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Shamir, King Hussein, Yasir Arafat, Hafez al-Assad (Syria), Jafaar Numeiry (Sudan), Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Jimmy Carter.

Purchasing Information: PBS Films; Amazon.com VHS; Amazon.com DVD

 

The Trojan Horse (2002)

40 minutes
English and Arabic, with English and French subtitles 
Director: Pierre Rehov

"The Trojan Horse" demonstrates, through rare footage of Palestinian leaders themselves that their goal remains the eradication of the Jewish state. The film opens with the words of deceased Palestinian leader Faysal Husseini talking about how Palestine will cover from "the river to the sea," an official states the peace process is merely a first step toward the destruction of Israel, children's television programs indoctrinate them to hate and become "martyrs," speakers on talk shows deny Israel’’s right to exist, Arafat calls for jihad and the total destruction of Israel. This shocking and rare footage gives important context to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Contact Information: Pierre Rehov.com
To purchase online
: Katrina Productions

 

What I Saw in Hebron (1999)

73 minutes
Israel, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Producer: Michal Arram
Director: Noit Geva & Dan Geva

Seventy years after the 1929 Hebron massacre, directors Noit and Dan Geva bring us the personal testimony of 12 people who survived the atrocity. Noit Geva's grandmother, who was only 16 years old at the time of the massacre, was so traumatized by the event that she never spoke of her experience, but recorded what she witnessed in a journal entry entitled "What I Saw in Hebron." This gripping documentary allows a rare glimpse into a little-known moment in Israel's history.

Purchasing & Rental Instructions: http://www.brandeis.edu/jewishfilm/Catalogue/ordering.htm
Contact Info (phone, fax): 
Telephone: (781) 899-7044    
Fax: (781) 736-2070