One of the highlights of every annual Program Guide is Professor Matthew Bernstein’s* must-see films list. He painstakingly reviews a slew of films in each year's lineup, and 2016 has him as enthusiastic as ever.
We'll be featuring his picks, one-by-one, leading up to the festival's Opening Night on January 26. Of course, if you can't wait to see his entire write-up, make sure to grab your copy of the official Program Guide.
To many American Jews, myself included, Israel’s conduct of the 1967 Six Day War was the equivalent of America’s victory in World War II, the Good War. This eye-opening documentary has changed my mind. Here, former IDF soldiers listen to interviews they gave to Israeli writer Amos Oz within three weeks of that conflict’s conclusion. As we hear stories of soldier brutality, mass killings and the dispossession of Arab families, we see related historical footage of such events. No wonder the Israeli government suppressed these tapes for many decades. As relevant now as this material was 40 years ago, this unsettling film is a must-see.
*Dr. Matthew Bernstein is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Film and Media Studies and department chair at Emory University.
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