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The Human Factor documentary review


Directed by: Dror Moreh

Written by: Dror Moreh, Oron Adar

Starring: Daniel Kurtzer, Dennis Ross, Gamal Helal, Aaron David Miller, Martin Indyk

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Poster for The Human Factor

An insight into the Arab-Israeli conflict and the attempts of the United States to establish peace in the Middle East over the course of decades.

This fascinating documentary explores in detail how the American government has tried to end confrontations in Israel, through the perspective of American negotiators. The film looks at the politicians who were involved, their struggles and how they influenced the conflict. The investigation comes across significant events that took place in the U.S. and the Middle East, including several historic moments, such as the Oslo Accord, the 2000 Camp David Summit and the 1995 assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

As mentioned, the events that make up the documentary are told by U.S. negotiators who participated in the efforts to improve the situations in the Middle East. Each of them is interviewed and they describe the events and share their experiences, their voice often used as voice-over. There are many photographs throughout, some of which are in black-and-white and they show politicians, closeups of documents and brutality in the Middle East. There is plenty of footage of politicians, including former President of the United States Bill Clinton and former Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat. Politicians are seen attending events, giving speeches and interacting with each other. There are news reports, where journalists are announcing the latest events inside a newsroom. There is also frequent footage of crowds celebrating or protesting and the film also shows the devastating aftermaths of terrorist attacks, which are rather distressing to watch.

Oron Adar is responsible for the editing and did an amazing job. Eugene Levitas composed the score, which helps create the right atmosphere, as it is quite dramatic. There are also digitally animated sequences that depict a map of countries in the Middle East.

The Human Factor is a very well made and informative documentary. Featuring captivating interviews and a strong selection of footage, it is bound to grab the attention of anyone who has a keen interest in this struggle.


UK & Irish Release Date - Friday 21st May 2021.

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