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Blood & Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Blood Tears The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Director: Isidore Rosmarin
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2007     1hr 14min

Like an open wound that will not heal the Arab-Israeli conflict refuses to be resolved. Blood and Tears uncovers the truth beneath the hype and the headlines. Rosmarin and his team of Middle East experts have gone right to...  more »


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Director: Isidore Rosmarin
Creator: Vincent Stenerson
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/28/2007
Original Release Date: 08/28/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 14min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Highly informative and unbiased documentary
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 01/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict" is an interesting and informative documentary that attempts a nearly impossible feat: to sort out the tangled mess that is the Middle East in a way that might make the whole thing just a little more comprehensible for those of us not intimately connected with the history of the region. It's an ambitious and valiant goal for a movie that runs a mere 74 minutes, but, overall, it succeeds remarkably well in its endeavor.

The movie takes an essentially chronological approach to the material, beginning all the way back in Biblical times, though its main focus is on the key events of the 20th and 21st Centuries - namely, the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and the continuing, violent struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians that has been raging over it ever since. (Note: the movie was made prior to the Lebanon-Israeli conflict of summer 2006). The film is remarkably fair in its presentation, providing, through interviews with some of the key players in the region, a generous array of viewpoints culled from various sides of the issue. In a way, this makes the movie even more depressing, for while the film is enlightening its audience on many of the facts of the situation, that enlightenment only emphasizes how truly deep-seated and intractable many of the root problems are that divide the two warring factions. For while the Palestinians and the Israelis may be speaking of some of the very same incidents and events, the antagonists often come to diametrically opposed conclusions about those events. Clearly, despite occasional halting efforts towards non-violent solutions and diplomacy, as well as a sense of optimism in the closing moments of the movie, it sadly doesn't appear as if peace will be coming any time soon to the region.

The goal of the movie is certainly not to offer a "solution" to a problem that has eluded some of the greatest peace-loving minds of the past couple of centuries. It is, instead, to provide the kind of objective information we need to better our understanding of the situation. And that the movie does very well indeed."
Excellent review of "Blood and Tears" that appeared in Jewis
BJS | NY | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Making a documentary film about the history of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would be balanced,
thorough and entertaining appears, at first site, to be just
as monumental an undertaking as actually ending the
conflict itself. Yet acclaimed producer/director Isidore
Rosmarin and co-writer Jeff Helmreich took to the task
anyway, coming up with a remarkable piece of
documentary filmmaking aptly called "Blood and Tears."
Interviewing officials andlaypeople from both sides --
from Benjamin Netanyahu to the leaders of Hamas --
Rosmarin creates a pastiche of opinions and viewpoints,
never failing to root them in an artfully constructed
web of facts and figures. The result is awe-inspiring;
like all great pieces of documentary cinema,
this one, too, weds the real and the perceived,
the concrete and the emotional, challenging even the
most deep-set of beliefs. Particularly now, when the
situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is more
fragile than ever, this is a must-see." Jewish Week
CMG | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)


As you may imagine, I have seen a good deal of material on the Israel-Palestine conflict and other Middle eastern matters, and I was the more impressed by the fairness and balance with which "Blood and Tears" managed to present and explain the issues, the different interests involved, and--not quite the same thing--the different points of view. I must congratulate you on a remarkable achievement, and wish you all success."

Dr. Bernard Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Studies Dept. Princeton University **************************************************************************

"Blood and Tears" is a powerful, must-see film for all of us concerned about the dangerous direction the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is taking. It reminds us of our common humanity and the need to pull back from the brink.

Prof. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University *************************************************************************

"Blood and Tears" is an outstanding and dramatic film that cries out to be watched by all who care about the Israeli-Arab conflict and about world peace. Its balanced presentation encourages viewers to decide for themselves after seeing all sides of a complicated and never-ending issue."

Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard University **************************************************************************

"Blood and Tears" proves that it is possible to present the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians fairly and with understanding for both sides. Pain and suffering is not unique to only one side, and everyone needs to see how and why this conflict evolved. This is an excellent documentary that has extraordinary value."

Ambassador Dennis Ross, Chief Mideast Negotiator, Clinton Administration

"The landscape of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is strewn with truths and semi-truths, with myths and semi-myths, with heartfelt emotions on both sides. "Blood and Tears" leads us to the unmistakable conclusion that many Israelis and many Palestinians want to tackle the problem, want to solve it on the basis of pragmatic justice. It will enhance the confidence of the advocates of peace on both sides, and so contribute to the beginnings of a real movement toward a permanent and just solution."

Muhammad Muslih, Scholar of Islamic Studies, Long Island University

"Blood and Tears" is a powerful, comprehensive and provocative documentary about the Middle East conflict. It cuts through the propaganda, the political intransigence and religious extremism--not telling the viewer what to think, but how to think."

Annette Insdorf, Professor of Film, Columbia University

"Blood and Tears" is a compelling and provocative film that elucidates the history, passions and pain that underlie the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land with balance, fairness, sensitivity and accuracy."

Dr. Walter Reich, Professor of International Affairs, the George Washington University
The best movie on the Arab Israeli conflict yet!!
DIS | 01/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Blood and Tears is the best film I have seen so far covering the arab israeli conflict. Its unbiased footing gives you a real feel for what both sides are going through. The film takes you through the long history on both sides, and really makes you feel the true arguments and feelings that both have for the land of Israel.

The interviews are great featuring some of the biggest names from both sides of the conflict. The footage in the film show excellent and candid pictures of life in the conflict.

I would highly reccomend Blood and Tears to anyone who has any interest in this international conflict, looking for an unbiased, and easy to understand approach.

Even those of you who know nothing about this conflict will learn a great deal, and still be entertained when watching Blood and Tears."