Interview with director Ido Haar, Original Theatrical Trailer
9 Star Hotel
Top Customer Reviews
While the 'real' story is newsworthy in and of itself, 9 Star also contains a storyline about friendship and loyalty and family and 'what it takes' to survive.
Interestingly, in an entirely different way, another recent film from the region had similar imapct for me. Syrian Bride, the story of a planned-marriage-against-the odds, also carries incredible impact. Built in reverse to 9 Star (a narrative fiction approach), Syrian Bride's topline story is one of union, but its underlying message is one of struggle-against-the-odds. I cannot help but wonder why this region of the world cannot simply get it together.
In a world where most films deal with nothing other than entertainment, both 9 Star Hotel and Syrian Bride bring to light daring stories that provoke thought and enlightenment.
Cheers to KOCH Lorber for having enough bravado to release such incredible quality works to the market.
I hope Haar will do another film on the same theme, with less of the so-called dialogues.
Couple of further thoughts: this is a rather short movie, so make sure to check out the DVD bonus materials, which include an excellent 10 min. interview with the Israeli director, Ido Haar, who brings some nice insights on why he made this documentary, and what it was like to make this movie. For one, as it turns out, Haar does not speak any Arabic, so he would only after the fact (in the editing room) learn what the Palestine men were talking about!Read more ›
Some may argue that the film is one sided and doesn't delve deep enough into the social and economic aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which have created these unfortunate conditions. I however disagree, as many people have some level of knowledge about the situation. Those who don't can easily acquaint themselves with it by doing some research.
9 Star Hotel doesn't attempt to analyze socio-political issues or offer profound insights. Instead it offers an empathetic look into the human condition and the will to survive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
what a difficult experience to go through(because of the subject matter) the film is extraordinary! Bravo for the director!Published 24 months ago by Olof Sander
A sympathetic view of a band of Arab laborers who are undergoing a good deal of economic distress as their underground jobs in Israel begin to dry up. Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by Cary B. Barad
Excellent production. I wish we had more producer/directors like like giving different views.
I recommend this highly. I purchased my own to show friends. Read more
Though compelling story about the horrible conditions that some Palestinian workers must endure in order to make a living, I found the movie too long and too one sided.Published on June 29, 2008 by Honest Sam