Israel: A Home Movie (2013)
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Israel goes from a young, optimistic, albeit naive nation, to one in which the realities of middle-age (and worse) settle in. There is a description of "shell-shock"; a young soldier who declares "God bless morphine"; images of a relative "killed in a terrorist attack at about age 30"; the demolition of a minaret and discussion of whether it was a holy site; David Ben-Gurion visiting transit camps in 1956, and glimpses throughout of Ariel Sharon, Moshe Dayan, and Anwar Sadat. Perhaps nowhere in
Jul 10, 2013 Limited
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Some titles embrace us. They seem to have been waiting, affectionately quintessential -- the heart of the matter. Such is Israel: A Home Movie.
This haunting cinematic collage puts a human face on the country's strife-wracked history.
The images and voices are a mix of the curious, the compassionate, the condescending and worse.
Filling in the gaps about the who, what and where, much less the why, of it all isn't on the menu.
The stakes are higher, but the premise is more or less the same as when grandpa whips out the projector.
Israel captured through the eyes of ordinary citizens as a vulnerable refuge where tragedy has become the norm, and where peace invariably leads back to war.
Counters myths and official views, [with] the unusually frank look at the changing perceptions of the indigenous Palestinian population, before and after independence.
There's a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that's disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
The footage often speaks for itself; at times, it seems like Israel would work better as a silent film, allowing the home movies to serve their original function without commentary.
The chaotic and hopeful history of a young nation is idiosyncratically told through this kaleidoscopic barrage of home-movie footage that ranges from the kitchen to the battlefield.
A prismatic meditation on an entire nation, Eliav Lilti's documentary is history as abstraction.
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