The Oslo Diaries
dir. Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan, Israel / Canada 2018, 97’, documentary, competition
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Peace Accords, and in the context of Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, comes an in-depth documentary on a small group of Israelis and Palestinians who met in Norway—secretly and against the law—to try to bring an end to one of the most intractable conflicts of our time. As the meetings were never officially sanctioned, they were chronicled principally in the negotiators' diaries; filmmakers Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan use these diaries to create reenactments of the meetings. In addition to the re-enactments, there is never-before-seen archival footage as well as interviews with survivors, including the chief Palestinian negotiator, Abu Ala, and Yitzhak Rabin's second-in-command, Shimon Peres. The participants reflect on their involvement and speak openly and honestly about the difficulties they faced and the hopefulness that kept them engaged. The results provide new insights into why the negotiating process failed and acts as a poignant retrospective on a moment more than two decades ago when it seemed possible that peace could be within reach.Festivals, Awards: MFF Sundance 2018, San Francisco JFF 2018, Jerusalem FF 2018
Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English, Polish.