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Blood and Tears (2008)

Dr. Abdel aziz Rantisi , Sheikh Bitawi , Isidore Rosmarin  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dr. Abdel aziz Rantisi, Sheikh Bitawi
  • Directors: Isidore Rosmarin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image/Thinkfilms
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P29GJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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NY TIMES: ...This painstakingly non-partisan documentary places its faith in the facts. --Jeanette Catsoulis

VILLAGE VOICE: ...The film s strength lies in its remarkable list of interviews. --Charles Peterson

VARIETY: ...a nuanced, unfailingly balanced and quietly despairing portrait of both parties. --Justin Chang

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Like an open wound that will not heal, the Arab-Israeli conflict refuses to be resolved. Acclaimed documentary producer and director, Isidore Rosmarin, and co-producer, Jeff Helmreich, have made BLOOD AND TEARS- the definitive film on this seemingly irresolvable conflict. Rosmarin uncovers the truth beneath the hype and the headlines. Rosmarin and his team of Middle East experts have gone right to the source: the ministers and mullahs, the fanatics and peaceniks, the soldiers and terrorists, and the ordinary families battling extraordinary forces as they try to live a normal life. They have interviewed top officials from both sides, from former Israeli Prime Ministers to senior Palestinian officials to the leaders of the militant extremist group Hamas, Sheikh Bitawi and the late Dr. Abdel aziz Rantisi. They have also interviewed renowned Mideast scholars Bernard Lewis & Fouad Ajami and the foremost Palestinian scholar, Rashid Khalidi. BLOOD AND TEARS explores the origin of the confrontation itself, and challenges many of the deep-rooted myths we all hold about this epicenter of human conflict.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars highly informative and unbiased documentary January 1, 2008
"Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict" is an interesting and informative documentary that attempts a nearly impossible feat: to sort out the tangled mess that is the Middle East in a way that might make the whole thing just a little more comprehensible for those of us not intimately connected with the history of the region. It's an ambitious and valiant goal for a movie that runs a mere 74 minutes, but, overall, it succeeds remarkably well in its endeavor.

The movie takes an essentially chronological approach to the material, beginning all the way back in Biblical times, though its main focus is on the key events of the 20th and 21st Centuries - namely, the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the continuing, violent struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians that has been raging over it ever since. (Note: the movie was made prior to the Lebanon-Israeli conflict of summer 2006). The film is remarkably fair in its presentation, providing, through interviews with some of the key players in the region, a generous array of viewpoints culled from various sides of the issue. In a way, this makes the movie even more depressing, for while the film is enlightening its audience on many of the facts of the situation, that enlightenment only emphasizes how truly deep-seated and intractable many of the root problems are that divide the two warring factions. For while the Palestinians and the Israelis may be speaking of some of the very same incidents and events, the antagonists often come to diametrically opposed conclusions about those events.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"Making a documentary film about the history of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would be balanced,
thorough and entertaining appears, at first site, to be just
as monumental an undertaking as actually ending the
conflict itself. Yet acclaimed producer/director Isidore
Rosmarin and co-writer Jeff Helmreich took to the task
anyway, coming up with a remarkable piece of
documentary filmmaking aptly called "Blood and Tears."
Interviewing officials andlaypeople from both sides --
from Benjamin Netanyahu to the leaders of Hamas --
Rosmarin creates a pastiche of opinions and viewpoints,
never failing to root them in an artfully constructed
web of facts and figures. The result is awe-inspiring;
like all great pieces of documentary cinema,
this one, too, weds the real and the perceived,
the concrete and the emotional, challenging even the
most deep-set of beliefs. Particularly now, when the
situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is more
fragile than ever, this is a must-see." Jewish Week
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUMMARY OF SELECT PRAISE FOR "BLOOD AND TEARS" January 2, 2008

As you may imagine, I have seen a good deal of material on the Israel-Palestine conflict and other Middle eastern matters, and I was the more impressed by the fairness and balance with which "Blood and Tears" managed to present and explain the issues, the different interests involved, and--not quite the same thing--the different points of view. I must congratulate you on a remarkable achievement, and wish you all success."

Dr. Bernard Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Studies Dept. Princeton University **************************************************************************

"Blood and Tears" is a powerful, must-see film for all of us concerned about the dangerous direction the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is taking. It reminds us of our common humanity and the need to pull back from the brink.

Prof. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University *************************************************************************

"Blood and Tears" is an outstanding and dramatic film that cries out to be watched by all who care about the Israeli-Arab conflict and about world peace. Its balanced presentation encourages viewers to decide for themselves after seeing all sides of a complicated and never-ending issue."

Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard University **************************************************************************

"Blood and Tears" proves that it is possible to present the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians fairly and with understanding for both sides. Pain and suffering is not unique to only one side, and everyone needs to see how and why this conflict evolved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A propaganda primer September 9, 2012
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This documentary provides a vivid primer of then-current pro-Israel propaganda points. It is a very well presented and artfully constructed and expensive "documentary." But it is largely propaganda all the same. The documentary appears to cover the ground decisively but doesn't use the word "Zionism." How is that possible when Zionism is the root cause of the whole shooting match? It is practical Zionist propaganda at work.

As propaganda, I show it to others as good practice in identifying propaganda (as opposed to truth) and to help identifying the main points which seek to celebrate Israel and deride Palestinians. Properly analyzed, "Blood and Tears" might actually help de-program people like myself, that is, well-intentioned thoughtful people (Jewish and non-Jewish) who have been systematically conned by the Zionist enterprise called Israel over many decades. Almost every American has been the unknowing target of this base propaganda and charade.

One aim of the documentary is to demonstrate that the conflict is two-sided, that is, two points of view about the same thing namely the land of Palestine (at one time!) From there, the documentary aims to show the two sides as equally aggressive, armed and dangerous, and extremist with images of bulldozed Palestinian homes offset by suicide bomber damage (during that phase) in Israel. Militants are paraded on both sides and the viewer is then to choose sides. The filmmakers offer some guidance here as well.

But there is no two-sidedness to the conflict: It is entirely a creature of Israel and its Zionism. There is no coherent claim by Europeans (firstly) to the whole of the land of Palestine, not after 20 centuries of habitation by other people.
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