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Promised Lands


Susan Sontag


87 minutes

English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles


"Using the Arab-Israel War as a metaphor for the human condition, Susan Sontag has made a strong, clear, intelligent film. It is unlike any films that I have seen." —Roberto Rossellini

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Promised Lands is famed writer and critic Susan Sontag's sole documentary project (and her third directorial effort), shot in Israel on the fly in the final days and immediate aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Not only does the film scrutinize the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, but it also brilliantly underscores the deepening divisions within Jewish thought over the very question of Palestinian sovereignty as well.

Banned by Israeli authorities upon its initial release, this visually visceral portrait of a land torn apart by the competing values of militarism, consumerism, and religious national identity is as prescient and thought provoking as ever.

DVD Special Features:

  • Susan Sontag's 1974 Vogue essay about making the film, plus liner notes by film critic Ed Halter
  • Collectible 2010 theatrical re-release poster art by artist Paul Chan
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)

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