The War after the War

1 hour and 33 Minutes and 30 seconds , 1969
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Directed by: Micha Shagrir
Production: Blue Wave Industries

Nearly 150,000 people raced to the cinemas to watch director, Micha Shagrir’s documentary on its release. The film was shot during the War of Attrition, just two years after the Six-Day War. Shagrir uses specially shot footage for the film, newsreels, and archive footage which, combined, illustrate the postwar sense of euphoria that took over a country where life and loss seem to be forever intertwined. The film weaves together in perfect contrast scenes from the war, terrorist pursuits, the wounded in hospitals, prisoners of war, Palestinian Fatah fighters, commemorative victory albums for sale, dog shows, an Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra concert for the troops in Sinai, revellers out and about on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff high street, and vox pop interviews with members of the public at Malchey Israel Square (later Rabin Square) who are asked for their take on the latest medical novelty: the birth control pill. All of these elements come together to weave an Israeli tapestry that captures a very unique moment in time in the State of Israel’s history. The film soundtrack was scored by Nachum Heiman and features the song, The Chase (‘mirdaf’) by Israeli folk’s grande dame, Chava Alberstein. The film concludes with a concert by the Israeli Navy Band (‘lehakat heyl hayam’), performed in front of the troops in which lead singer, Rivka Zohar sings lead on the song, What Shall I Bless? (‘ma evarech’).

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