Rabin In His Own Words (2016)



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RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS is an "autobiography" of sorts, the story is told entirely in Rabin's own voice. Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters, his personal and professional dramas unfold before the viewer's eyes - from his childhood as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, through a change of viewpoint that turned him from a farmer into an army man who stood at some of the most critical junctures in Israeli history. Through a brilliant diplomatic career as Israeli Ambassador to the United States and his entry into the Israeli political arena, and through his later years during which he served as Prime Minister, opposition leader, Minister of Defense and Prime Minister once more, in which he made moves that enraged a large portion of the public, until the horrific moment when his political career and life were suddenly brought to an end. RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS brings the man - flesh and blood - back to life, if only momentarily. The film relays the personal and political life of the man and the myth - as he lived it. Like any good protagonist, his narrative is well rounded: sacrifice, heroism, hubris, humor and heartache. Yitzhak Rabin was a complex, contradictory character: honest, innocent and timid while forceful, determined and resilient; a loyal friend who spent much of his time in solitude; blessed with a sense of resolve paralleled only by the doubt that shadowed it; calm and collected like a dormant volcano bound to erupt one day; courteous and contained, he was a gentleman with the fiery temperament of a red-head. The film combines rare archives that, since they were originally broadcasted 40 years ago, have not been seen or heard, a private 8 mm mostly shot by Rabin, a super 8 mm of Rabin in color in 1948 shot by American couple visiting Israel, and private letters to his sister his father and to his wife Leah.

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A comprehensive documentary recounting Rabin's life.

May 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Rabin's consistent, thoughtful self-criticism and colorful storytelling animate what might otherwise be a pat, or at least familiar, history of Israel in the 20th century. By making it specific, Laufer makes it new.

May 6, 2016 | Full Review…

"In His Own Words" is a deeply involving look at the man's entire life, using archival footage, home movies, private letters but most of all filmed interviews Rabin gave, to let us hear him tell his own story just about from cradle to grave.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

This documentary, consisting almost entirely of his recollections in his own voice, does a pretty good job of outlining his life and his terribly dangerous times.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

"Rabin - In his own Words," directed by Erez Laufer is, in its own way an autobiography of the great Israeli statesman Yizhak Rabin.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

I never realized someone could create an autobiography on film.

Nov 5, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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