2022 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

What If: Ehud Barak on War and Peace

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Can a leader succeed in changing the course of history, or not? Tolstoy pondered this question in War and Peace, and so, too, does Ehud Barak. At the age of 78, 20 years after he was forced to resign as Prime Minister due to the failure of the 2000 Camp David summit, Barak looks back at key events that have shaped the narrative of Israel as well as that of his own life — as a decorated military commander, IDF Chief of Staff and head of state. He speaks candidly about the shock of the Yom Kippur War, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, his peace talks with Yasser Arafat and more. Ran Tal (a 2018 Opening Night guest of the Festival with his film The Museum), one of Israel's most respected documentary filmmakers, delivers an outstanding philosophical essay and proposes a deep cinematic reflection on history and decision-making.

Nominated, Best Documentary Film, 2020 Jerusalem Film Festival

With English Subtitles


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    85 minutes
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    Ran Tal (The Museum, Children of the Sun, Garden of Eden)