The documentaries by these two filmmakers have the explicit goal of questioning the legacy histories put into play by the Israeli government and hasbara proponents. Following in the footsteps of the Israeli New Historians, directors Karnit Mandel and Assaf Banitt have endeavored to show the Israeli public the realities of “nation-building.”
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Sherman is left to reflect upon the import of what he has learned. He asks rhetorically, “Now that I knew the truth, what was I going to do about it?”
Most of the narrative takes place on a Ukrainian farm. Scenes of the larger community, including the town center, feel particularly relevant in the context of the current war.
What difference does survival make if you didn’t learn a lesson about humanity?”
In 1908, an 18-year-old Weitz left his birthplace of Russia to follow the Zionist dream in the Holy Land. He was appointed the Director of Department of Lands at the Jewish National Fund, known as the “Blue Box fund to buy land,” in 1932.
With a shift in American and Israeli leadership, the armed hostilities between the Israeli government and Hamas in May, and street riots within mixed Israeli cities, Diaspora Jews are beginning to question the traditionally...
Gamal Helad summed it up more plainly. “It’s always easy to have an enemy out there. Unless you plan to accept the other side, there is zero hope for a solution.”
I was able to see a majority of the films. More than a few gave me sleepless nights. There were threads connecting the different movies. In this series, they will be grouped within that context.
Ramallah, a historically Christian city, serves as the seat of the Palestinian government. It is at the epicenter of Palestinian commerce and culture. It is also ringed by Israeli settlements.
The narrative is “inspired” by writer and director William Nicholson’s experience with the end of his parents’ marriage.