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In 2008 two best friends found themselves trapped in one of the most dangerous places on earth - the only western journalists in the Gaza Strip on what was supposed to be a 24-hour assignment. The War Around Us captures the collision of veteran war correspondent and one of TIME's most 100 influential people, Ayman Mohyeldin, with rookie reporter Sherine Tadros. As missiles shower the city and unspeakable atrocities emerge, the pair is torn by fierce professional rivalry, private terror and grim humor - with no way out and the whole world watching. Written by 3rd Eye Filmworks (the production company of THE WAR AROUND US)

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A Biased film which lies through omission.
14 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't so much a documentary as it is a propaganda piece.

Of course its slanted, Israel is a tiny country, the size of new jersey, yet it has the highest density of journalists in the world. Interest in this region is disproportionate, and the judgment and opinions on this situation are also distorted.

This isn't a documentary so much as it is propaganda, the director is the same one who did the infamous occupation 101, basically the go to video for Palestinian sympathizers, basically its not an objective project from the get go.

The film basically shows endless scenes of the results of war on the Palestinian side. It is tragic when people die, but a documentary is supposed to reveal context, insight, instead this is just the tourism of suffering to try to gain sympathy for the Palestinians, depicting them as just innocent victims. The context is that in 2012, the "innocent" Palestinians fired 2,248 rockets into Israel. Yet in the film, all you see are f16's dropping bombs, the context that Israel isn't just bombing based on nothing is entirely lost. They show Israeli planes and bombs countless times, and just one Palestinian rocket launch when there were actually thousands. But thats the point, it would be like filming a documentary in Germany during world war 2, showing the suffering of the citizens in the bombed out cities, but never mentioning why this was happening. Never mentioning that Germany fired countless rockets at London, and had wreaked a campaign of terror against its neighbors. Context matters, or else its just one sided propaganda.

In 2008 during the time of this documentary, 3,278 rockets were fired by the Palestinians into Israel. Its a huge omission. Other omissions? Palestinian forces included 20,000 paramilitary troops, they were armed with not just rockets but anti tank missiles, mortars, IEDs, anti aircraft missiles, and many other weapons, the depiction in this film is that there is just one side with a military, which is just false. One can verify this on wikipedia.

Just to put this into perspective, if one scaled this situation up by population so it fit America, it would be the equivalent of Mexico firing 130,248 rockets into America in one year since Americas population is 39.73x more than Israels, and then getting bombed by f-16's and suffering a ground invasion as America reacted. If the reporters just showed the suffering of the Mexicans, without even acknowledging that they had instigated it with that level of attack, they couldn't be called anything more than propagandists.

And again, to put it into perspective again, when Germany launched rockets against London, what was the allies reaction and the resulting carnage? The allies bombed to death a million civilians alone. I'm not saying this is right, but it calls into question the unrealistic standards films like these hold Israel to when historically, their reaction is not only restrained, but the deaths are minimized as much as possible, and idf soldiers are sent in on the ground because that is their effort to minimize civilian casualties, and the Israelis did lose soldiers, Jewish blood was lost to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, no such favor is ever done for Israel, because the Palestinians moral standard on civilians is that they are legitimate targets. If the Israelis were really as callous as the documentary would like to imply, they would not have risked and lost so much Jewish blood by sending in ground troops, and would have just relied on bombs dropped from the air.

All in all, not a good documentary, just propaganda. You have two reporters, doing not much reporting, they walk around and don't get to the bottom of anything, they don't really dig into hamas, they don't really bother talking to or showing the militants. They only walk amongst the civilians constantly pretending they have not a clue why this is going on.

With such dishonest propaganda, there can be no peace, if your starting point is to give people such a one sided view of the situation, leaving out so much, you aren't educating, you are indoctrinating, and adding to the problem.

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