Censored Voices

2015 | Germany, Israel | NR | 84 min.


Old Town Playhouse Wed, Jul 27, 2016 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Documentary
Release Year:2015
Runtime:84 min.
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:Hebrew
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mor Loushy
Produced by:Hilla Medalia
Daniel Sivan
Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
Cinematography:Avner Shahaf
Editing By:Daniel Sivan
Music By:Markus Aust


Shortly after Israel’s decisive 1967 victory in the Six-Day War—while the country celebrated the tripling of its size with seizure of the Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, and Gollan Heights—returning soldiers sat down to record their battlefield experiences. When authors Amos Oz and Avraham Shapira tried to publish those interviews, the Israeli army censored all but 30 percent of them. Now, for the first time, the soldiers’ tortured words are finally being heard, and they tell a very different tale than what had previously been reported. Oz and many of the men he spoke with, now grown old, revisit the anguish, guilt, and doubt they felt over their actions in the war that excised Palestine with such harrowing force. It seems that the march of time does not heal all wounds. “We were told not to show mercy,” says one. Asks another, “Are we doomed to live in the pauses between wars?” This momentous film casts new light on old ideas about the famous conflict, and stands as a clear-eyed reminder of all the other histories from around the world that still remain untold.