Directors Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan go behind the scenes of the secret Israeli-Palestinian talks that tried to bring about peace in the 1990s
Like a sombre archaeological dig, this documentary disinters the 1990s Oslo peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. It began in 1993 with imaginative, off-the-record discussions between unofficial representatives in a conference venue outside Oslo – no more neutral and non-Middle Eastern location could possibly be conceived, short of hosting the talks on Pluto. And it ended catastrophically, with the assassination of the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.
Unlike in South Africa and Northern Ireland in that same era, the chance for peace was missed. Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan’s film reconstructs the lost atmosphere of hope, with interesting interviews, including one with the then Israeli foreign minister, Shimon Peres – the last one he gave before he died.