Sundance 2018 Review: “The Oslo Diaries” (2018) ★★★★

What is the price of peace? Why do innocent people have to lose their lives only because someone does not want to stop benefitting from the conflict that can be solved overnight? Do Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in the age of a war that continues claiming lives from both sides? Of course not! The documentary film “The Oslo Diaries” by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan reminds me former U.S. President Barak Obama’s words: “We must give the diplomacy a chance to succeed“. In fact, many chances were given, but none lasted long enough to celebrate worthwhile achievement in diplomacy. But why? The truth is – the real answer will never be revealed to us.

“The Oslo Diaries” follows five men – two Israelis and three Palestinians, who have agreed to meet at a neutral territory to draft a peace agreement which can end the war for both sides. Sounds tempting, yet impossible. The Prime Minister of Israel -Yitzhak Rabin and the leader of Palestine (the head of POL – Palestinian Liberation Organization) Yaser Arafat come to an agreement to sign a historic deal in the United States of America. But then, the bloodshed starts, claiming 16,000 lives from both sides, putting in danger the agreement meant to stop the massacre for good.

Featuring footage that has never been seen before, and through the diaries of professors Ron Pudak and Dr. Yair Hircshfeld, who have documented the Oslo meetings that have never been sanctioned and are known as The Oslo Accord, this film brings us closer to what has happened behind the scenes. We get to know the attempts made to achieve peace, and how both sides fight harshly to bring a happy conclusion to something that was never meant to happen. This documentary is a fine walk into the past that just happens to fully absorb the present and the nearest future. It changes the course of the history of Middle East forever.

In conclusion, “The Oslo Diaries” shows the undeniable fact that not every politician is corrupt and that even a bad guy can become a good one if there is no third party who wishes to end the peace. War and peace are like relatives in a very complicated relationship. When apart, they seem at peace, but when their paths cross, one should expect a disaster to happen. This is the sad truth of the contemporary history of the region that could have existed in peace if not for their uncontrolled temper, which is a feature the two nations share.

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