Saturday, September 3, 2016

Amos Gitai's RABIN THE LAST DAY


RABIN, THE LAST DAY (2015) by Amos Gitai [trailer] from Richard Lormand on Vimeo.

This film is marketed as a somber, mature analysis of the Rabin murder and looks for a sign of sanity.
However, it fails in laying even a shred of liability for the occupation with Rabin and the Labor Party. Instead, much like is typical of liberals in the United States when it comes to colonialism, it is always the fault of 'the Right' and their boogieman, here being Bibi Netanyahu. The reality is that the majority of settlement construction took place under Labor and not Likud.
Gitai presents a cerebral film that re-stages the inquiry after the assassination and sequences that were on the periphery of causing the violence, such as an ultra-Right placement of a curse on Rabin.
Yet missing in the story is a single Palestinian voice. Here is a story about violence in the ranks of a colonial gendarmes caused as a result of alleged decolonization. But not one of the Palestinians, even Arafat, appears!
As an interesting contrast, consider the debate on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman at the time of the event. At least there is some honest effort here to articulate the rights of Palestinian self-determination.

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