Film Forum in New York City are important ones. Both are smart and entertaining but go well beyond that to provide a look at Israel's present state, together with its lost and, it would seem, increasingly irretrievable past. Shimon Dotan's THE SETTLERS, more than any recent documentary or narrative film from Israel that I've seen, makes clear the utter intractability of the current situation, as well as the idea of any kind of peaceful arrangement between Israel and a "state" of Palestine as very nearly impossible.
Six-Day War of 1967 -- do not approve of this name for themselves. "A settler is someone who lives on land that is not his," one of them explains, and it soon becomes clear that these people believe they have an absolute right -- via prophecy, religion, a divine calling, whatever -- to not just this particular land, but as one young man would have it, any land, "as far as we can see," here in the middle east.
Dr. Feldenkrais notes along the way, "Will power is what you need when you don't want to do what you need to do. Ben Gurion doesn't work on will power. He likes what he does." You must experience this remarkable documentary.
Bond/360 and running 108 minutes) and Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (released by Go2 Films and running 70 minutes) will be showing at New York City's Film Forum, beginning Friday, March 3. Unfortunately, each requires separate admission. They're both wonderful, but the Ben-Gurion's a fucking knockout. To view further playdates, cities and theaters for The Settlers click here. I can't find any info on further screenings of the Ben-Gurion doc, but feel free to reach out to the distributor for information.