Censored Voices

  • Directed by Mor Loushy
  • Israel/Germany, 2015, 87 mins.

The Six-Day War in 1967 ended with a stunning victory for Israeli military forces against neighboring countries Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. It was a victory that nearly tripled the size of the country, and was a moment of great pride for the new nation. Yet interviews conducted by renowned authors Avraham Shapira and Amos Oz with Israeli soldiers returning from the battlefield paint anything but a glorious portrait of war. Censored by the Israeli military for nearly five decades, these recordings are now brought to light alongside the contemporary reactions of still-living soldiers to their long-hidden testimony. The tapes capture these young men wrestling with the question of the responsibility of the conqueror to the conquered, the paradox of a people who fled oppression who must now preserve their security by becoming oppressors, and the still-fervent hope for a lasting peace with their Arab neighbors. “An essential amendment to the historical record, Censored Voices reminds us that no war is entirely virtuous.”—New York Times. (Hebrew, English with English Subtitles)

Genres: Documentary