The attack

The attack

DVD - 2013 | Arabic
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Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Cohen Media Group, [2013]
ISBN: 9781417241095
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Feb 01, 2020

OMG. This film was an eye opener. Its title should have been, "The Bastard Who Woke." This film has a universal theme. It can apply to anyone who has "forgotten where they come from."

Sometimes it take a "suddenly" to shake people, wake them up, rouse them to their senses, have them understand. Amim's suddenly was the death of his wife. The death of his wife, a conversation in an alley, and then a conversation with the Sheik shook Amim out of his comfortable slumber. It woke him. Amim's awakening removed the wool from his eyes and guided him back into reality. After his awakening, Amim was reminded once again, by who he "believed" to be a friend, of who he "actually" is. Wow.

This movie reminded me, somewhat, of Dr. Henrik Clark's lecture, "You Have No Friends." "The Attacker" is a must see for students in middle school and high school. The lesson plan shouldn't revolve around the martyrdom. The lesson plans should cover: 1) The disputes between the Arab and the Jewish people, 2) Cultural Identity/How is your community viewed by the world/what is your community's standing in the world, and 3) Personal Growth & Development/knowing who you are and WHERE you are at all times.

My favorite quote from this film is, "The bastard isn't the one who doesn't know his father. It is the one who doesn't know his roots." Imagine what this world would be like if all bastards returned to their roots with their intellectual properties.

Aug 06, 2019

This movie tries to be fair to both sides and ends up not being very "true-to life". Either the doctor would have been offed by the Palestinians for being a "sell-out" or the Mossad would have followed the doctor to Nablus and then, creating another Jenin, sending in the bombers and levelling the place.

May 08, 2019

Good movie....crummy ending...somethings are just black or white...good or evil...

Feb 13, 2019

A quietly dramatic and effective movie about terrorism in Israel. Both sides are well presented.

Dec 24, 2018

The film is very well done and is true to the book.

Apr 03, 2017

An intriguing and gripping movie that tries to include multi-dimensional players in the narrative, without preaching or forcing a specific point of view on the audience. It portrays different forces and factors which precipitate division and violence in Middle East. Although the ending is rather weak and unconvincing, you are left asking serious questions about motivation of people who cause destruction. I though it was a contrived plot to set up a Christian Arab woman carrying out a suicide bomb instigated by a Christian priest, which is counter intuitive and against the well established record. The motive for bombing wasn't sufficiently explored either. While it tries to probe human frailties and loss, I guess the theme wasn't about condemning dastardly acts of destruction. Watch it by all means and ask yourself a lot of questions.

Mar 13, 2017

A housemate brought this one home from the library. He doesn't often select films that interest me. This not only interested me and him, it held us both enthralled the entire way through. It is thought provoking, compelling, interesting, and enlightening. I use that last term to mean this: it enlightened me to a world view with which I wasn't very familiar. It shined a light on something about which I am aware, but am not knowledgeable.

I highly recommend this movie. It does what movies so often fail to do these days: namely, it tells a good story and tells it well.

Jan 20, 2017

I am lodging a strong protest against the VPL for including “The Attack” DVD in its collection. .

My reasoning:

Though this movie has been reviewed favourably as an ‘anti-war’ film there is no escaping the fact that the film condones and even supports the Palestinian practice of suicide bombers.

In the film many young Israeli children are killed by the wife of the main actor, an Arab doctor working in Tel Aviv, Israel. She sets off the bomb strapped to her chest, kills 17 children and herself.

There are multiple scenes where the Arab Imam in Nablus and other Arabs justify suicide bombing as being a legitimate means of fighting Israeli oppression.
To me this is a hate-ridden perspective completely lacking in any kind of morality, human ethics, and watching this film brought about in me a strong disgust for the filmmaker and for the VPL for carrying such an evil film in its collection.
Yes evil, for to condone and even try to justify terrorist suicide bombers is completely outside any kind of democratic principles and should never to allowed to enter anyone’s consciousness.

All this film will do is make it easier for terrorists or people thinking about becoming a suicide bomber to go out and commit terrorist activity.

At the end of the film the Arab doctor learns that his nephew organized his wife’s participation, that he ‘promised her’ not to tell her husband and that he ‘had to obey her wishes’. Yet the nephew feels totally justified in the suicide bombing, only regrets that the Arab doctor’s wife was the one who killed herself in the act. But he stands 100% behind the suicide bombing because he is, proudly it seems, a terrorist though he doesn’t view himself that way.

The Arab doctor does not inform the Israeli police about the terrorist cell that his nephew belongs to. He is going to allow his nephew to continue his terrorist activities, to allow the terrorist cell to meet and plan more bombings.

This film is 100% disgusting in its insidious clever means of trying to justify terrorist activities.

I am astonished, very angry at the VPL for allowing this DVD to be in circulation. You are abetting and aiding hate crimes by doing this.
You are making me feel ashamed to be a Canadian. There are laws against hate crimes and surely this is one of them.

nwdeweyfan Mar 15, 2016

This is an excellent film that deals with the complexities of living in the modern Middle East. Beautiful cinematography and very good acting. The questions raised about faith, culpability and the effects of generational violence will leave you thinking about this movie for days. Highly recommended.

Dec 03, 2015

A refreshing take on an ongoing issue. Good actors, suspenseful and engaging.

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Feb 01, 2020

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