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Censored Voices (2015)

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On June 5, 1967, the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan amass on Israel's borders, threatening annihilation. Six days later, the war ends with Israel's decisive victory - conquests of Gaza, Sinai, and the West Bank, tripling the tiny country's size. Streets brim with joy, but behind the euphoria and a proud new national narrative of invincibility, are other voices. One week after the war, author Amos Oz audio-records intimate conversations with Israeli soldiers fresh from the battlefield. These provocative tapes, censored until now, are the core of a startling film about the tragic paradox of Zionism and the contradictions that arise when a people seeking freedom turn occupier, when David becomes Goliath. The soldiers' harrowing confessions, combined with rare archival footage and evocative sound design, create a sense of stunning immediacy. As they wrestle with the systemic excision of Palestinians, the dehumanizing nature of war, and echoes of the Holocaust, we listen as these men, now almost 50 years older, hear the recordings for the first time, and the past erupts, presciently, into the present.

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"Censored Voices" likely would've benefited from additional reflection from the older, on-screen subjects. But what's there is consistently thought-provoking.

January 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Illuminating German-Israeli documentary.

January 21, 2016 | Full Review…

To be sure, "Censored Voices" can hardly be seen as anything but a political document, one that shares Oz's views. But even those who don't will be moved ...

January 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Censored Voices is a remarkable document that raises important questions about the evolution of modern Israel.

December 11, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Captivating newsreel footage from the conflict underscores these audio confessionals; Loushy also filmed the men in the present day, listening to their honest, open, decades-old testimonies.

November 26, 2015 | Full Review…

"A society that won't tell itself the truth [...] is in big trouble," says one of the interviewees. The words have perhaps never been more true. And not just for Israel, as the movie implies.

November 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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A profoundly revolting and eye-opening documentary that exposes the tragedy of Zionism through censored archive records in which Israeli soldiers recount the atrocities they committed in the Six-Day War and which aren't so different from what was done to the Jews in the Holocaust.

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