Following the Six Days War, Israel became three times larger and gained access to its historical capitol. The government’s narrative was one of positivity and pride but not everyone agreed – including many who fought the battles.
A week after the war concluded, two men – Amos Oz (soon to be a celebrated author) and editor Avraham Shapira – recorded conversations with many of the returning soldiers about their experiences. These conversations were very candid – but the Israeli Defense Force censored them.
Censored Voices records several of those soldiers listening to their original conversations and juxtaposes these moments with newsreel footage of the conflict.
Censored Voices comes to home video (DVD and VOD), Check out the trailer after the break.
|Chicago, IL (February 3, 2016) – The historical Six-Day War of 1967, wherein Israel launched a preemptive strike against the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian troops amassed on its borders, is revisited and reconsidered in Mor Loushy’s extraordinary historical chronicle CENSORED VOICES, available on DVD and VOD March 15.
With its decisive victory over just a few short days, Israel nearly tripled its size with its newly occupied lands and, brimming with relief, joy and pride, a new national narrative of manifest destiny emerged. But drowned out by the euphoria, other voices—many of those who fought in the war—had something different to say. It is those voices that are heard in CENSORED VOICES.
One week after the Israeli-Arab conflict, Amos Oz (soon to be a celebrated author) and editor Avraham Shapira arranged to record conversations with returning soldiers about their experiences on the brief battlefield. These intensely candid interviews capture the young men wrestling with the question of the responsibility of the conqueror to the conquered (even when the shoe could easily have been on the other foot), the paradox of a people who fled oppression who must now oppress to preserve their security, and the still fervent hope for a lasting peace with their Arab neighbors.
The Israeli Defense Force partially censored the recordings at the time, but transcripts became the basis for the book The Seventh Day: Soldiers’ Talk About the Six-Day War in 1970. CENSORED VOICES reveals the complete original recordings for the first time, as it reconnects with the former soldiers, now men in their seventies, as they listen to their younger selves. The recordings are juxtaposed with rare newsreel footage and photography of the Six-Day War, combined with a contemporary sound design that allows a unique opportunity to re-experience a war that changed the face of a region still locked in a deadly impasse.
Following its recent theatrical rollout to the U.S.’s top markets and international film festivals, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release CENSORED VOICES on DVD and Video On Demand (VOD) for the first time on March 15, 2016 (prebook February 9,2016). Supplemented with bonus materials that include interviews with the filmmakers and a Q&A recorded at the opening night gala of the Other Israel Film Festival, the DVD carries a suggested retail price of $29.95.
The recipient of the 2015 Best Documentary Award at the Israeli Film Academy, the Best Israeli Documentary prize at the 2015 Ophir Awards (the Israeli equivalent of the Academy Awards), and the Yafo Award for Best Debut Film and Research Award at the 2015 DocAviv Film Festival, CENSORED VOICES was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the Grierson Award at the 2015 London Film Festival. Additionally, CENSORED VOICES is certified “Fresh” at Rotten Tomatoes, where it holds an outstanding rating of 92%.
More information on CENSORED VOICES can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at http://www.musicboxfilms.com/censoredvoices.
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films is a leading North American distributor of acclaimed international, American independent and documentary features along with the best in international television. Music Box Films released Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA, the 2015 Academy Award®-winner for Best Foreign Language Film and MERU, winner of the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Spirit Award nominee for Best Documentary.
Upcoming releases include THE CLUB, Pablo Larraín’s Golden Globe-nominated black comedy about exiled priests, winner of the Silver BearGrand Jury Prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and Alexander Sokurov’s FRANCOFONIA, the story of the Louvre under Nazi Occupation. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.
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DVD RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2016
PRE-ORDER DATE: February 9, 2016
Writers: Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan, Ran Tal
Running Time: 87 minutes
Format: 1.77:1 widescreen
Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 1.
Country: Israel, Germany
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
– Other Israel Film Festival Opening Gala Q&A