In Search of Peace: Part One 1948 - 1967
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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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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. One gets a fuller picture if one knows, say, about their relationship during WWI, when the Ottoman Turks controlled the land, or about the anti-Jewish riots in Hebron in 1929. And although this is a very moving documentary, making one feel an incredible amount of pride that such a small nation, one that hadn't had a standing army in nearly 2,000 years, was able to not only declare its independence but to continually defeat much larger armies trying to destroy it, there's also a balanced view of the other side. One can't help but feel badly for the Arab refugees who were displaced in 1948, sent down the river by their own people and treated like garbage everywhere but Israel and Jordan, and one would be inhuman to deny them their equally valid feelings of sorrow instead of pride at the recreation of Israel or the reunification of Jerusalem. The Arabs interviewed in this documentary also seem like thoughtful articulate people; they're not the raving propagandists and anti-Semites that one might be accustomed to expect when talking to the other side. The soundtrack is also beautiful and moving.
Extras are the trailer, biographies of director/screenwriter Richard Trank, co-producer and co-writer Rabbi Marvin Hier, and conducter and composer Lee Holdridge, and a brief photo gallery. Overall, it's yet another triumph from Koch Lorber Films, which never disappoints with its quality documentaries.
If you are familiar with the true history of israel than getting this dvd for the footage is good. If you are purchasing it for educational reasons, I think you should reconsider.