The attack

The attack

DVD - 2013 | Arabic
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Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories.
Publisher: New York : Cohen Media Group, c2013
Edition: DVD ed
ISBN: 9781417241095
Branch Call Number: DVD Attac
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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thornhill_boy
Apr 03, 2017

An intriguing and gripping movie that tries to include multi-dimensional players in the narrative, without preaching or forcing a specific point of view on the audience. It portrays different forces and factors which precipitate division and violence in Middle East. Although the ending is rather weak and unconvincing, you are left asking serious questions about motivation of people who cause destruction. I though it was a contrived plot to set up a Christian Arab woman carrying out a suicide bomb instigated by a Christian priest, which is counter intuitive and against the well established record. The motive for bombing wasn't sufficiently explored either. While it tries to probe human frailties and loss, I guess the theme wasn't about condemning dastardly acts of destruction. Watch it by all means and ask yourself a lot of questions.

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redtayres
Mar 13, 2017

A housemate brought this one home from the library. He doesn't often select films that interest me. This not only interested me and him, it held us both enthralled the entire way through. It is thought provoking, compelling, interesting, and enlightening. I use that last term to mean this: it enlightened me to a world view with which I wasn't very familiar. It shined a light on something about which I am aware, but am not knowledgeable.

I highly recommend this movie. It does what movies so often fail to do these days: namely, it tells a good story and tells it well.

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jimfre
Jan 20, 2017

I am lodging a strong protest against the VPL for including “The Attack” DVD in its collection. .

My reasoning:

Though this movie has been reviewed favourably as an ‘anti-war’ film there is no escaping the fact that the film condones and even supports the Palestinian practice of suicide bombers.

In the film many young Israeli children are killed by the wife of the main actor, an Arab doctor working in Tel Aviv, Israel. She sets off the bomb strapped to her chest, kills 17 children and herself.

There are multiple scenes where the Arab Imam in Nablus and other Arabs justify suicide bombing as being a legitimate means of fighting Israeli oppression.
To me this is a hate-ridden perspective completely lacking in any kind of morality, human ethics, and watching this film brought about in me a strong disgust for the filmmaker and for the VPL for carrying such an evil film in its collection.
Yes evil, for to condone and even try to justify terrorist suicide bombers is completely outside any kind of democratic principles and should never to allowed to enter anyone’s consciousness.

All this film will do is make it easier for terrorists or people thinking about becoming a suicide bomber to go out and commit terrorist activity.

At the end of the film the Arab doctor learns that his nephew organized his wife’s participation, that he ‘promised her’ not to tell her husband and that he ‘had to obey her wishes’. Yet the nephew feels totally justified in the suicide bombing, only regrets that the Arab doctor’s wife was the one who killed herself in the act. But he stands 100% behind the suicide bombing because he is, proudly it seems, a terrorist though he doesn’t view himself that way.

The Arab doctor does not inform the Israeli police about the terrorist cell that his nephew belongs to. He is going to allow his nephew to continue his terrorist activities, to allow the terrorist cell to meet and plan more bombings.

This film is 100% disgusting in its insidious clever means of trying to justify terrorist activities.

I am astonished, very angry at the VPL for allowing this DVD to be in circulation. You are abetting and aiding hate crimes by doing this.
You are making me feel ashamed to be a Canadian. There are laws against hate crimes and surely this is one of them.

nwdeweyfan Mar 15, 2016

This is an excellent film that deals with the complexities of living in the modern Middle East. Beautiful cinematography and very good acting. The questions raised about faith, culpability and the effects of generational violence will leave you thinking about this movie for days. Highly recommended.

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lalotp
Dec 03, 2015

A refreshing take on an ongoing issue. Good actors, suspenseful and engaging.

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mds9
Mar 27, 2015

Ponderous to the point of inducing sleep.

voisjoe1 Feb 27, 2014

“The Attack” is a story about an Arabic suicide bomber in Tel Aviv. It is one of the best films I have seen this year.

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