5 Days

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5 Days

  • Israel
  • 94
  • STC
A gripping examination of conflict and resolution, 5 Days follows one of the most significant events in the recent history of the Middle East, the disengagement of the Gaza Strip in August 2005. In a unilateral move decided on by the Israeli government, the Jewish settlers were removed from their homes and villages. Unprecedented access to the Israeli army and the settlers opens the door to seven film crews, who simultaneously follow the intriguing figures involved in the event. This cinematic "operation" is conducted by Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint), who also personally follows General Dan Harel, Chief of the Southern Command and in charge of the disengagement. After years of confrontation with the Palestinians, the Israeli army has earned a reputation for firmness. For the first time, it is forced to turn its iron fist against a Jewish population. As in Checkpoint, Shamir's keen observational eye captures the drama, absurdities and essence of an extraordinary historical moment. Sean Farnel

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