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The Attack (2012)

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An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.

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Amin Jaafari
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Siham jaafari (as Reymond Amsalem)
Evgenia Dodena ...
Kim
Dvir Benedek ...
Raveed
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Captain Moshe
Ruba Salameh ...
Faten
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Adel
Nisrin Siksik ...
Leila
Bassem Lulu ...
Yasser
Ezra Dagan ...
Ezra Benhaim
Ramzi Makdessi ...
Priest (as Ramzi Maqdisi)
Vladimir Friedman ...
Doctor Ilan Ross
Esther Zewko ...
Miryam Benhaim
Ehab Salami ...
Sayeed
David Gavish ...
Orit
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Dr. Amin Jaafari is an assimilated Arab surgeon who seems to have it all with a promising career with honors among the Israelis in Tel Aviv. That all changes after a devastating terrorist suicide bombing and his beloved wife, Siham, is found among the dead as the primary suspect. Although initially refusing to accept that as Shin Bet interrogates him, Amin comes to realize the allegations are true. Now, the ostracized Amin resolves to find out on his own why Siham had so strong a conviction that she kept secret from him. However, the answers prove hard to come by and the truths involved have a terrible pain of their own. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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$26,352 (USA) (21 June 2013)

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$1,714,710 (USA) (27 September 2013)
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According to the NY Times as of June 2013 the film has been banned or refused release in every Arab country for the crime of filming in Israel. See more »

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Fascinating and well worth seeing.
15 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"According to the NY Times as of June 2013 the film has been banned or refused release in every Arab country for the crime of filming in Israel."---IMDb Trivia Aside in Morocco (which I don't think is an Arab nation, though it is a predominantly Muslim nation), this film was banned in many countries simply because it was filmed in Israel. It's a shame, as the message is important--one everyone should hear and discuss.

Amin is a very well respected doctor who not only works in the country, but he thrives. He's a Palestinian but not particularly religious and has no problem working with Jews. And, naturally, when there is a nearby suicide bombing, he works to save as many of the victims as he can. However, after going home from this exhaustive shift, he receives an emergency phone call--he needs to come to work immediately. There, he's told that they think the suicide bomber was his wife! Not surprisingly, he cannot accept this--especially since his wife is a Palestinian Christian and seems to have no interest in the Occupied Territories. But, eventually he realizes the truth--but it leaves him with so many questions--questions he might be able to have answered in Nablus on the West Bank. However, like the Jews had become once they learned his wife was the killer, the Palestinians are NOT welcoming and he's threatened repeatedly and told to leave. What's next? See the film.

This is a very interesting film. Seeing Amin dealing with the various stages of grief was interesting. What was even more interesting is that the film does not provide us with answers and so much of it would be great to see and discuss. A thought-provoking and very well made film.


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