Censored Voices

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YEAR 2015

SECTION World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Israel/Germany

RUN TIME 84 min

LANGUAGE English and Hebrew

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

On June 5, 1967, the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan amass on Israel's borders, threatening annihilation. Six days later, the war ends with Israel’s decisive victory—conquests of Gaza, Sinai, and the West Bank, tripling the tiny country’s size. Streets brim with joy, but behind the euphoria and a proud new national narrative of invincibility are other voices.

One week after the war, author Amos Oz and editor Avrahim Shapira audio-record intimate conversations with Israeli soldiers fresh from the battlefield. These provocative tapes, censored until now, are the core of a startling film about the tragic paradox of Zionism and the contradictions that arise when a people seeking freedom turn occupier, when David becomes Goliath.

The soldiers’ harrowing confessions, combined with rare archival footage and evocative sound design, create a sense of stunning immediacy. As they wrestle with the systemic excision of Palestinians, the dehumanizing nature of war, and echoes of the Holocaust, we listen as these men, now almost 50 years older, hear the recordings for the first time, and the past erupts, presciently, into the present. —C.L.


EMAIL hilla@knowproductions.net

COMPANY know Productions

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Artist Bio

Mor Loushy graduated from Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. Her debut film, Israel Ltd, a political comedy documenting the industry of Zionist tours to the Holy Land, had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2009, and has been broadcast in more than 10 countries worldwide, including on Yleisradio OY-Finland, VRT-Belgium, Radio-Television Slovenia, Radio Télévision Suisse, and Planete Poland. Censored Voices is Loushy’s second film.