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Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict (2007)

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Documentary filmmaker Isidore Rosmarin investigates the ongoing conflict that continues to fester like an open wound that never quite has the opportunity to heal. Upon determining to investigate the Arab-Israeli conflict, Rosmarin and company decide to look past public politics and go straight to the source. The result is a series of frank and illuminating discussions with mullahs, ministers, soldiers, terrorists, peace activists, war hawks, and average families who are just trying to avoid being consumed by the hatred that surrounds them. Additional interviews with high profile officials including Hamas officials, former Israeli Prime Ministers, and senior Palestinian officials help to get to the origins of the conflict while simultaneously revealing the lingering myths about how mankind deals with such acute human conflict.

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Unless you've thrown up your hands and butted out of all news of the Middle East debacle, nothing in this methodical, unimaginative documentary about the Arab-Israeli conflict will surprise, edify or, God forbid, outrage you.

August 23, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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'A small house can accommodate hundreds of friends, but can't accommodate two enemies,' the doctor says ruefully, quoting an Arab proverb. Sadly, Blood and Tears is the proof.

June 15, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5
New York Times
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A well-balanced primer on the Arab-Israeli conflict, Blood and Tears takes just over an hour to go from the roots of Zionism to the recent electoral victory of Hamas.

June 13, 2007 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Though refreshingly reluctant to take sides regarding geography of the matter, the film has a subtle slant toward peace.

September 5, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Hollywood Report Card

As the film progresses, it becomes increasingly bold in taking sides, while all the time pretending to be unbiased.

August 31, 2007 | Rating: 65/100
Apollo Guide

Nothing more than a collection of sound bytes, most of them biased, many of them inflammatory, by a variety of speakers. It is hard to know what good this does.

August 27, 2007 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

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