The Romans dispersed the Jews from Judaea in 70 AD; Islam became the religion of Palestine 1300 years ago. The film focuses on Gaza and the West Bank where soldiers and youths are caught up... See full summary »

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Hanan Ashrawi ...
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Nurit Galron ...
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Ragheb Kasas ...
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The Romans dispersed the Jews from Judaea in 70 AD; Islam became the religion of Palestine 1300 years ago. The film focuses on Gaza and the West Bank where soldiers and youths are caught up in the Intefada, and on the clash of history and ideas in regions to which both peoples have historical claims. The film intersperses in-the-street footage with interviews with academics, journalists, soldiers, artists, family members of prisoners, and victims of violence. With emphasis on the lives of the refugees and settlers, and following a "Golani" platoon of Israeli soldiers led by Lt. Kobi Motiv, the film dramatizes the irreconcilable positions of many on both sides. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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4 October 1991 (Canada)  »

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Tödliche Strömungen  »

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Apres Nouse le Deluge
Lyrics by Nurit Galron
Music by Arcady Duchin
Arrangement by Alona Turel (with Aracdy Duchin)
Performed by Nurit Galron
Courtesy of NMC Records, Israel
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Slow-moving and dull
15 August 2001 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

When released, this may have been a particularly revelatory documentary on the Israeli-Palestine conflict. But viewed today, I found little new information that gave me any deeper insights into the situation than I had before.

This film is filled with talking heads endlessly opining about the conflict. Some of these opinions, such as when a scholar compares the situation to John Wayne or Gary Cooper walking into a bar, are laughable. I was disappointed with the comparatively less time spent on showing the actual conflict itself. Talking heads can be seen on television all the time - the potential strength of a film like this is to show us the goings on that aren't normally seen. At times, they do this to good effect. There are some moving moments, but they are few and far between.

There are one or two montages done to songs by then-contemporary singers from the Israel/Palestine area. While the images are interesting, the songs are cheesy and have rudimentary lyrics. This is typical of the dated feel of this film.

If you're particularly interested in this topic, go ahead and check out the film. But otherwise, you're better off looking elsewhere.


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