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In Search of Peace: Part One 1948 - 1967 (2001)

Michael Douglas , Edward Asner , Richard Trank  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Edward Asner, Matthew Asner, Anne Bancroft, Robert Cait
  • Directors: Richard Trank
  • Producers: Matthew Asner, Richard Trank, Marvin Hier
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Hebrew, Yiddish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOV6P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In Search of Peace: Part One 1948 - 1967" on IMDb

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In Search of Peace Part One: 1948 - 1967, narrated by Michael Douglas, chronicles the first two decades of Israel's existence, offering new insights into the origins of the Middle East conflict. Combining a rich tapestry of rare archival film and photos, In Search of Peace not only examines events in Israel, but their impact on other places as well - the Arab refugee camps, the General Assembly of the United Nations and from there to the world capitols of Moscow, Paris, London, Buenos Aires, Cairo and Washington D.C. The film offers a unique global perspective on one of the most important events of the Twentieth Century and one of the seminal events in the 3,500 history of the Jewish people.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great footage, facts November 8, 2003
By A Customer
The most striking part of this documentary to me was the footage that they were able to get a hold of which was truly amazing. Even those who have seen numerous similar titles and shows I think will be impressed. It was well done and provided a good base in facts for the interested viewer who wants to understand the present conflict in the middle east. I felt that it didn't delve too deeply into understanding each side's motives, but I think the idea is just to display the facts and leave it to the viewer. Overall I recommend it to those who would like to learn more about the situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving documentary November 23, 2006
This documentary is a must-have for anyone interested in Israeli history and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It covers the years 1948 to 1967 in excellent detail, covering a plethora of different topics. Instead of just hearing about wars, casualties, and truces, we also learn about Shula Cohen, a Jerusalem-born woman who relocated to Lebanon to get married and spent many years sending people, primarily children (among them three of her own), into safety in Israel, eventually getting arrested for her actions; the kibbutzniks who transformed the land and promulgated principles of equality and idealism; the people who worked so hard to make the arid Negev Desert bloom; Israel's theatre industry and how it changed over the years as the face of Israel changed from Russian immigrants to native-born people whose ethnic background was not Eastern European; the roughly 800,000 Mizrachim who had to flee to Israel from their ancestral homelands in the Mideast and North Africa; and the role American politicians and citizens have played over the years in helping Israel to survive.

A lot of stuff happened between 1948 and 1967, but somehow the most important events and personalities are able to be squeezed in without being shortchanged. It starts with the rebirth of Israel and the War of Independence that was immediately forced on the infant state, covers the 1956 war with Egypt, the Six-Day War of 1967, and the years of peace in between those events. However, to some viewers, it might feel as though it starts in media res, since a discussion of Israeli-Arab relations pre-1948 is vital to understanding more recent developments and why both sides feel the way they do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! July 24, 2005
Thrilling, most informative and even handed reporting on all the issues. A must for all persons interested to understand the Israeli-Arab conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary with amazing footage October 15, 2005
By yar
I think this is one of the best documentaries I ever saw about Israel. It has amazing footage from that era that I never saw previously. Also, it brings facts evenly and fairly, the good and the bad. I discovered quiet a few facts about that period of the history of Israel that people don't like to talk about. I think it is important to know all sides of the story. Besides general history, the film shows real people that were part of the process of creating the state of Israel, which adds a lot to the movie. I wish the authors will go into more details in the movie, but overall I very recommend it.
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