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1 hrs, 27 mins
Mor Loushy

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In June of 1967 the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria massed on Israel’s borders and threatened its destruction. Israel launched a pre-emptive strike and achieved a stunning and decisive victory, nearly tripling its size with the occupation of the West Bank, the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. The nation brimmed with relief, joy and pride, while a new national narrative of manifest destiny emerged. But drowned out by the euphoria, other voices—many of those who fought the war—had something different to say. One week after the conflict, Amos Oz (soon to be a celebrated author) and editor Avraham Shapira arranged to record conversations with returning soldiers about their experiences. In these intensely candid interviews they reveal their fears, their feelings about the enemy and their doubts about the treatment of Arab prisoners of war and the forced evacuations of Palestinian villages. The Israeli Defense Force partially censored the recordings at the time but transcripts became the basis for the book The Seventh Day: Soldiers’ Talk About the Six-Day War in 1970. Now these newly available recordings form the core of this probing film as we see the former soldiers, now men in their seventies, listening to their younger selves. The recordings are juxtaposed with rare newsreel footage and photography of the conflict. Winner of Best Israeli Documentary at the Ophir Awards, the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Awards. (Fully subtitled)

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