Newsreels and family footage made to combine fiction and reality
Truth in documentaries is a delicate thing. It is easily subverted with most of the audience unable to sort the real from the imaginary. Documentarians have increasingly exploited that fact to expose our gullibility. We need to be reminded more often on how easily we can be fooled.
This short takes as input two types of footage: (1) old family films about parents and their children and (2) newsreels about the 1972 Munich Olympic Games when Israeli athletes were taken hostage by the Palestinian group Black September. The rest is voice-over.
Prima facie the story is about the director's father, who was a Jewish chaplain in the military, and mother, who was having doubt about her marriage on account of her husband's consumption with his job. The father is sent to Munich and befriends the Israeli athletes. When the hostages are taken, the father is among them. Fortunately the father is released due to his American citizenship. If you have not lived through that period of history or if your memory of those events has eroded, you are not in a good position to question the facts as depicted. The possible spoiler is as follows.
The family story may be true, the strains of marriage believably accurate, an impeding divorce probably happened. The hostage taking in Munich did take place but did it include an American chaplain? Go check your history and go see this short to inspect your own credulousness.
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