1967: popularly remembered by American and Canadian baby boomers as the "Summer of Love." Not much love in the Middle East, that summer, however.
How I remember the Six Day War: radio reports and newspaper stories (oddly, TV news didn't make an impact on me.). At the time, I was "otherwise engaged," as they say--preparing for my upcoming second year at BCIT. I knew what I wanted to achieve that fall, and I knew in order to achieve it, I had to work at it during the summer. So...not a lot of thought about this Mid-East struggle. Except: wow! Won a war in a week! There's one for the books.
So, yeah, I was interested in learning more about it. Better late than never.
What I learned--again? War changes everything for most people directly involved in it. And if you HAVEN'T been directly involved--as the men whose voices we hear were--then you can direct, plan, talk and strategize in and around it--but you're missing the primal effect that killing and maiming has on people. And that's what makes this documentary so important.
Is it powerful? I've seen more powerful documentaries. The main emphasis here isn't visual, it's aural, and you it's challenging to visualize what the men talk about--the film does as well as it can, but watching 7 inch audio tape revolve through a tape-recorder isn't that arresting.
Still, an important record of the EFFECT of war. Especially seen--and heard--In hindsight. Not only by us...but by the young men who uttered those words, so long ago, and who hear their words at the age of 70 or so...
As a person who remembers the 7 day war I believed this was a triumph for Israel. As with most events in history, especially those involving violence, "facts" are seldom as simple as they seem. To hear the censored voices of the soldiers 50 years after the battles, was truly enlightening!! These men expressed extreme sorrow at driving Arab / Egyptian / Palestinian peoples from their land and the destruction of their homes. At least one man was so ashamed that he compared Israeli behavior to that of the Nazis toward the Jews in WWII. As a reader of holocaust history, it is hard for me to be in favor of denying Jews a safe homeland. Yet the establishment of Israel in the year of my birth, 1948, meant that others were forced from their homeland. As we can see from the continuation of conflict in the Middle East for 70 years, little comes without a price. It was so nice when I was young and could see all issues as black or white, right or wrong. Sadly or thankfully, I must now see the grey. I highly recommend this documentary!! Kristi & Abby Tabby
Check out the special feature interviews! What a lovely woman. I like her attitude!
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