On the 15th of August 2005, Israel began the Disengagement of the Gaza Strip. In a unilateral move decided on by the Israeli government, the Jewish settlers were removed from their homes and villages. After years of confrontation with the Palestinians, the Israeli army has earned a reputation for firmness. For the first time, it is being forced to turn its iron fist against a Jewish population. This film tracks the key events of the Disengagement over the course of five days. Unprecedented access to the Israeli army and the settlers opens the door to the film crews, who simultaneously follow key figures involved in the event. This cinematic “operation” is conducted by Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint), who also follows General Dan Harel Chief of the Southern Command, who is in charge of the Disengagement. This human mosaic will tell the story of the Disengagement from very different perspectives; they provide the narrative of an Israeli society in all its complexity, confronting a unique historical moment.
Partners & financing
Keshet Broadcasting (Channel 2, Israel), Sundance Channel (USA), The Documentary Channel (Canada), SBS Television (Australia) VPRO (the Netherlands), DR TV (Denmark)