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Notes to Eternity (2016)

'notes to eternity' is a meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict centering on the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israeli policy: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk.


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Credited cast:
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Norman Finkelstein Norman Finkelstein ... Himself
Robert Fisk Robert Fisk ... Himself
Sara Roy Sara Roy ... Herself


notes to eternity is a meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict centering on the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israel: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk. All four have strong personal connections to the issue that traverse and transcend historical and cultural lines. Filmed over a number of years in the Middle East, the United States and the United Kingdom, the film becomes an exploration of the very act of representing injustice suffered by another, and a testament to the realities of dispossession that reverberate through all narratives of colonization and forced displacement.

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a meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict




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New Zealand


English | Arabic | Hebrew

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12 May 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

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Palestine See more »


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Crow McNally Films See more »
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Color (Super 16mm)| Color (HDCAM)| Black and White
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A preliminary cut of 'notes to eternity' screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival in August 2014. It was 168 minutes long. The final cut was completed in 2016 and is 147 minutes. The film opened on 12 May 2016 with a New Zealand limited theatrical release. See more »

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Beautiful, Thoughtful, and Unique
4 June 2016 | by guppy_fishSee all my reviews

I was extremely impressed by this documentary, which surveyed the thoughts of four intellectuals on the Israel-Palestine issue. Chomsky, Fisk, Finkelstein, and Roy were a great focus for this film, giving the audience four different and enlightening viewpoints, told in their own words. Their backgrounds and emotional investments in the issue, as well as the fact that no simple narrative was given to the audience to push them into some simple, 1-dimensional way of thinking, gave the film a feeling of authenticity I have hardly experienced in any other film.

Rather than appeal to anger over the issue, and persuade its audience to choose one side over another, the film brilliantly conveys a deep sadness at the complicated reality of the issue, giving the audience a vehicle by which they can understand not only the issue itself from many perspectives, but the main four characters and how it has deeply affected them in their own lives. In the end, I was left feeling very thankful to have experienced the movie, the thoughts of these four incredible people, and interestingly, my own thoughts and a newly-acquired inquisitiveness on the issue and these people that had not previously been present.

The film also spoke to a higher respect for the audience than can be seen in most other documentaries. It made me feel a part of the film, rather than an audience member whose views perhaps needed to be molded to choose one side over another, or that I should think in a certain way. This style very much appealed to me.

Highly recommended.

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