The last words will stay with you for a long time. It is refreshing to see people wielding such enormous power with such a clearheaded view of the "greyness" of their actions - a trait largely missing from the current American intelligence establishment (publicly, at least).
Overall very compelling in reflecting the dilemmas under which Shin Bet's old guard had to operate and now live with. Moreh can be praised for pulling out such arguably earnest comments from his interviewees, the sum of which inspire questions surrounding the morality of the response to the conflict, the futility of the actions taken and the scale of the suffering that condemn generations to death and hopelessness.
I am intrigued by this film. How were such honest interviews possible ? Israel is very self conscious about how it is perceived and I do wonder how well this film was received there. It is a good introduction for people who are only becoming aware of the very troubling situation. The next step is to go back further into its history - before 1967
High marks for a the rarity of the material and the format. As a documentary, it fails to really explore any of the major problematics that are mentioned through the interviews and instead concentrates on providing details on specific events. This is a perfectly defensible choice.
totally consuming. I found all the speakers, all men, very charismatic and very clear in what they said. It did make me think, would the role have ever been given to a woman.? Will the conflict ever really end..? Or will it just grind on, with new, eager disillusioned youth, taking the place of the dead..Very thought provoking.
An amazing documentary. A lot of commentary about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is so loaded and so blocked its really refreshing to hear these guys' points of view. You veer from dread at their very cold attitude at times to surprise at their insight at others. Made me check my emotions a little more and appreciate that there is nuance to be thought about in all situations.
Dror Moreh's documentary is a thought-provoking, moving and, at times, chilling viewing experience. The use of computer animation throughout arguably detracts a little from the film's intensity, but the interviews are never anything less than riveting. A searingly powerful and compelling piece of work.
A good example of "It's easy to be a general after the war". Still, it doesn't make it less disheartening. What I found the most interesting was the shifting of roles - on one hand talking lightly about collateral damage and having deep humanistic philosophical thought about their actions and roles they played from the distance on the other. Disheartening, truly, when the good do bad.