Promised lands

Promised lands

Downloadable Video - 1974 | Hebrew
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Publisher: [United States] : KimStim : Made available through hoopla, 1974.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 87 min.)) : sd., col.
Alternative Title: Susan Sontag's Promised lands


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Mar 07, 2019

After a couple of fiction films that are currently unavailable, the cultural and literary critic Susan Sontag went to Israel as the Yom Kippur War sputtered to a close and shot a lot of footage in Jerusalem and near the front. She opted to follow the great documentarian Frederick Wiseman's example and make a story out of what she had gotten, presenting it without commentary by herself or others directly involved in making the film, either on the sound track or in subtitles. She even excises any prompting words that may have been made to the people who speak in the film, which include, most saliently, a young soldier and two middle-aged men who grew up in Israel and recount their involvements since boyhood in the Jewish nation's struggle against attempts, mostly from without, to destroy it. The resulting film is one for the ages, the one I, for one, would say everyone who wants to understand Israel should see first, even now, nearly a half-century after it was made. --Ray Olson

Jun 08, 2011

Despite her Jewish background, film director Susan Sontag painted the results of the Yom Kippur War in dark sombre colors of Israel's political uncertainty, its history and raison d'etre that is tied up basically on biblical connections. In other words, Israel is an anachronism wedge in a sea of hostile neighbors...well, that's how this liberal author-turned-filmmaker wants to portray in her oeuvre.

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