Six Days (2007)
On the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War, filmmaker Ilan Ziv travels back in time to explore the events leading up to the deceptively abbreviated conflict, as well as the manner in which it forever altered the course of history in the Middle East. Though the exchange of gunfire only lasted for a mere one-hundred-and-forty-four hours, some historians would argue that the Six Day War is still being fought at the dawn of the 21st Century. Now history buffs looking to gain a new perspective on this compelling subject can explore the events leading up to the Six Day War as director Ziv begins by studying the decisive actions of Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Egyptian President Jamal Adel Nasser, moves on to the actual conflict, and then shifts focus to the war with Jordan, the occupation of the West Bank, and the subsequent unification of Jerusalem. By speaking directly with soldiers on both sides, Ziv attempts to reveal how the Six Day War reshaped the political landscape of the Middle East while simultaneously obliterating the old ways and clearing the path for new, more powerful forces to emerge. … More
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Critic Reviews for Six Days
In the compelling documentary Six Days, Israeli director Ilan Ziv details the conflict that set Egypt, Syria and Jordan against Israe;.
[Director] Ziv's relative sense of balance and context is admirable, though the whole thing may be too broadly focused to sharpen anyone's perceptions of this conflict. Then again, maybe that's too much to ask of any film on a horribly open-ended subject.
So, you had to be there? Not really. The Middle East for Dummies gets the job done better and leaves you with less of a headache.
A mixture of archival footage, recent interviews and reenactments, the film gives a solid, if rather dry, overview of events.
Given the current-day significance, Six Daysshould have been fascinating. Sadly, it is not.
Six Days makes the potent case that in taking over all of Jerusalem, Israel turned its greatest military triumph into a Pyrrhic victory. A debatable thesis? Yes, but also one that asks the price of certainty.
Fascinating look back at the 1967 war which created the conditions that have led to suicide bombs, 9/11 and other terrorist forms of retaliation against Zionist domination.
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