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The Zionist Idea

The Zionist Idea is a movie starring Alan Rosenberg. COLLIDING DREAMS recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era.

Other Titles
Colliding Dreams
Running Time
2 hours 14 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Biography, News, History
Director
Oren Rudavsky, Joseph Dorman
Writer
Oren Rudavsky, Joseph Dorman
Actors
Alan Rosenberg
Country
Palestine, USA, Israel
Year
2015
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

COLLIDING DREAMS recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era. The century-old conflict in the Middle East continues to play a central role in world politics. And yet, amidst this fierce, often-lethal controversy, the Zionist idea of a homeland for Jews in the land of ancient Israel remains little understood and its meanings often distorted. COLLIDING DREAMS addresses that void with a gripping exploration of Zionism's meaning, history and future.

Comments about documentary «The Zionist Idea» (19)

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Bruce O.

When I first saw this documentary in 2007, I was deeply disappointed. I was even more disappointed the next year when I saw the DVD. Then I realized that I was never really "taken" by it. I don't think I even understood the "prejudice" that I felt from watching the movie. I did not find it so "intellectual" or even "thought-provoking". I did not understand the "arguments" and the "facts" presented. I saw it as a pretty easy way to make money. There are more documentaries that are much more interesting, and worth the time and money to watch. This is just one of them. I thought it was interesting that the story of the Holocaust did not receive the attention it deserved. The time and money I paid to see this movie was more than worth it.

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Crystal

I think the movie got it wrong. They say Israel has no idea how to build a nation. No, they have a great idea. They just need to get the right people. The world needs to see this. We need to see the other side. People are always being told how great their nation is. It's the other people that are wrong. It's the Nazis and the Jews. They were and are good people. The history of the world is full of good people. They have no idea of what it takes to be a nation. They are just another race. They are not the same. The real powers are the nations. It's the people that build nations. They just don't have the right people. It's the world that needs to see that.

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Lawrence

First, I should admit that I am not a fan of Israel. So I am not going to judge this documentary by its many pro-Israel tendencies. However, I must say that I found it very interesting. And this is a documentary that needs to be seen to be believed. The first half is basically a review of what happened in the past. As an observer, I would have liked to see more documentation of how this "fierce competition" came about. But the fact that Israel was a unique country in the Middle East that had no prior experience in war, I thought, was interesting. I liked the way that the filmmakers presented the Middle East as a war zone, with many scenes of tanks rolling through deserts and rolling mountains, but the most intriguing part of the documentary was the way that they made the Jewishness of the Jewish people in Israel clear. To the Jewish people, they are not "just another nation," but a unique people, with a unique history. This documentary is very well done. I am glad that it was made. I look forward to the next one. I recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the history of Israel and the Middle East.

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Christina W.

This documentary (in my opinion) is a must watch for anyone who has the slightest interest in the topic. It covers many of the issues that plague the Middle East today and goes into great detail on the historical background of the conflict. There is no "official" documentary on the topic, but this is a great one. Anyone who has a basic knowledge of the history of the region will be able to follow along and relate to the content. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about the Middle East should definitely watch this film.

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Harold B.

A documentary made for the benefit of all those people who consider themselves to be "totally Zionist", or who know the history of the Zionist movement. I have been Jewish for over 40 years, and this documentary makes a very interesting point that I think is overlooked in most documentaries on the subject. In the late 1950s, the Zionist movement was going through a crisis in Europe. It was a very sad period for the Jewish people. The State of Israel was almost becoming a reality in the 1950s, but was being threatened with military occupation by the Germans. When the Jews were about to be exterminated by the Nazis, they had to come to the rescue. This documentary documents the efforts of the Jewish people, led by their leader, David Ben Gurion, to help other people who were in danger of being exterminated by the Nazis. The documentary is very well done, and very informative. I recommend this documentary to anyone who is interested in the history of the Jewish people.

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Megan

I feel like the film might be a little too depressing to watch. I am a 20-something, I am from the Middle East, and I really don't like the idea that the United States, and by extension the world, have to turn to the Middle East to address a crisis. I don't see why so many Americans have to be sacrificed for the United States, and I don't see how Israel is somehow "sacrificing" anyone. The idea that the Jews are being targeted for genocide, especially since it is happening on their own land, is just a load of hogwash. I also don't see how the idea that the Arabs have to turn to the Jews to solve the problem, is any different from the Jews trying to solve the problem on their own, before it was the Arabs' fault. I do agree that the conflict has been going on for a long time, and that the solution has been offered many times, but that doesn't make the solution any less legitimate. The idea that the United States must do whatever it takes to keep the peace, is a crazy idea. And I think that the idea that America has to do whatever it takes to keep the peace is ridiculous. If I want to see a movie that says "America must be taken to the cleaners to fix the problems that they have created", I will go see a movie like "The Brothers McMullen", or "Kill List", or "The Bonfire of the Vanities", or "Firewall", or "Memento", or "The Liars' Union". I am not going to watch "American History X" to see how evil the American government is. I am going to watch a movie that will tell me something about the United States that I don't already know. If you're going to watch this movie, I would say watch it as a tool to educate yourself. Otherwise, watch it for yourself. I thought that I might like this movie, but I wasn't too impressed.

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Gerald P.

The film chronicles the origins of Zionism and highlights the more recent history of the Jewish people as a "modern" people. It goes well beyond a typical Hollywood "reality" and leaves no doubt that the truth is as it should be, when the question of whether or not one should kill a man because of his religion, or not is asked. The film is quite telling in terms of the historical process. There is no one who denies that there were people who believed in the Jewish idea of a "nation of Israel" or "National Home" but there were also people who supported the subjugation of the Palestinian people and there was also a mix of people who supported the idea of the Zionist movement and wanted to maintain the existence of the Jewish state. This film provides the historical context in which to debate and compare the views of these people and the arguments presented in the film. It is certainly a major historical achievement and is a must see for all who are interested in the history of the Jewish people.

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Megan L.

My title is in reference to the fact that this documentary was made at the very moment of the most recent violence in Israel. However, I would be remiss if I did not include a more recent and noteworthy film, "Meet the Mormons," which was produced and directed by Janae Isenberg. It is a film that also deals with the Jewish-Palestinian conflict, and how Israel has been able to turn its back on a people who have been living under Israeli occupation for nearly seventy years. The film takes an in-depth look at the lives of the Mormons in Israel and the reactions of many of them to the Holocaust and the persecution that it inflicted on them. The film also examines the struggles of the Mormons in Israel to achieve their own national identity and to maintain their position as an "out-group" in an increasingly diverse country. These struggles are much more than a matter of religious belief, and as we see in the film, are intertwined with the struggle of the Palestinians to survive in a country that has been divided for more than thirty years. I would also add that while the documentary is of great interest and worth watching, it is not a film that is likely to be widely viewed by the general public. The filmmakers are more concerned with making an interesting film than in providing a moral analysis of Israel's policies. This is evident in the fact that the film was largely limited to its target audience of Jews and Palestinians. This is a good thing, because a film such as "Meet the Mormons" that will be widely distributed to the general public will not be able to inform the general public of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the Israeli government's actions in regard to the Palestinians, without also affecting those people who are already familiar with both the situation in Israel and the Palestinians. I, for one, am happy to have seen this film. However, it is important to keep in mind that "Meet the Mormons" is not the "Israel-Palestine" documentary that some of its detractors have claimed. Rather, it is a film that will serve to educate the general public about the many aspects of the conflict, and how both sides are affected by it.

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Teresa

I must admit, when I first heard about the documentary, I thought it was something bad, or at least a movie that would make me angry. However, the more I watched it, the more I realized that the documentary was actually quite interesting and the people interviewed were amazing. This documentary, which is divided into a few different parts, is not only an examination of the Holocaust, but also the history of the Jewish people and their struggle with the European nations. It's not easy to relate to all the people who were involved in the Holocaust, but the documentary takes us through the lives of those who survived, their relationships, their hopes, and their hopes for the future. I think that the subject matter is quite interesting and the people interviewed are inspiring. The documentary is incredibly well-made and very informative, but also extremely moving. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject matter or is interested in the history of the Jewish people.

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Randy

This documentary is an excellent example of the power of truth. After years of questioning the Israeli government and of having to attend a military academy and study at the prestigious School of the Americas, I had some idea of the brutality that exists in Israeli military schools. I was told by a family friend that I would never see the brutal treatment of Palestinian children. I was shocked and angered at what I saw. I did not know what I would do with my life after I finished watching this documentary. This film is a reminder to all of us of how we can help Israel and the Palestinians. My hat is off to all of the directors and producers of this film. It was not easy to make this film and to make it look so good. It was an amazing journey and I can't wait to see what others can do. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this documentary. I was not the only one who felt this way.

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Ashley R.

I'd like to start by saying that I am an Israeli and a Jew, and I am proud to be so. That being said, I am glad to have been brought up on this side of the world and to have seen the Zionist movement for what it really was. I am also glad to have read the book by Philip Melanson. I have no love for the book. I thought the story was very well done, though. I had a lot of issues with it. I'm not an expert on the Zionist movement, but I do know that the book was a very biased attack on the movement and the people who support it. I think it was a good story, and I am glad to have seen it. It is also interesting that when the book was first released, it was very unpopular with the American public. I think that this book does have a message, but it is not the message that the media tells you. I found this film to be very interesting, and I highly recommend it. It is interesting to see the development of the idea of the Zionist movement and how it began. I would also like to comment on the film "The Balfour Declaration" and the movie "A House Divided." They both have the same message. They both show that Israel was founded on the backs of European Jewish refugees and the Jewish population. It is interesting that they are not about Israel, but about Jews. I feel that this is a very important message that has been missed in the media. I am glad that this movie is getting attention. I think that the film was well made and that the film should be more widely seen. I have had no problems with the movie, and I think that it is very good. I highly recommend it.

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Rebecca M.

It's a well made documentary that makes the subject of Zionism seem even more relevant today. The filmmakers focus on the history of the state of Israel and its leaders in the 1940s. They are the kind of subjects that you can't just ignore, and the film is just as much about their personalities as it is about their ideas about Zionism. There are great interviews with many of the leaders of Israel. They are often honest, and you get a sense of how much it affected their lives and their daily lives. This is the kind of documentary that you can watch over and over again and really appreciate the fact that you don't have to do anything else to understand the history of a country, or the ideas of a people. It's the kind of documentary that we can all watch over and over and still come away with something.

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Steven

This film is the result of years of painstaking research and vision. A beautiful film. I learned about Israel, Palestine, and the history of the two states in the Middle East. I had to research this because I had never seen it before. The film is a personal story of how one man's actions shaped the world around him. The true story is not the history of the Israeli people, but rather the history of the Israeli nation. The movie is a history lesson of how a small person and a small band of Jewish people changed the world. The beauty of this film is that you never know when you are going to see it. There are times when you will be blown away by the intensity of the story, and then there are times where you will realize that you have been watching a completely different film. This film is like a tapestry of beautiful stories, all beautifully told. I can't say enough about how great the film is. It is a personal story of an individual, who has lived his life with incredible passion and passion for a cause that changed the world. I think it is a great story for anyone who wants to know about the history of the Middle East. I highly recommend this film.

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Grace

This documentary is more or less what a documentary should be, as a thoughtful film-maker would approach it. There is a strong Jewish narrative, but the same thing can be applied to the Palestinians. The United Nations should have done more to address the issue of the Palestinians. But, this is a movie and should be entertaining. The story of the Palestinians is told in a way that allows the viewer to become immersed in the world of a few thousand people. There are several times when I was either on the edge of my seat or tears were flowing. There are also several times when I was saying, "Yeah, right. This is just wrong." And I did enjoy the movie. I am very happy that it was made and that there are people who are able to see it.

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Cynthia M.

I've been interested in this topic for years and this film gives the facts to anyone who cares about the "Jewish Question" and the question of how to deal with it. If you are not interested in the "Jewish Question" then you probably don't care about this documentary. But if you do care, you'll enjoy it. It's a must see. I'm not going to lie. There are parts of this documentary that are offensive. But I thought that was a sign that it was a good documentary. I've been to Israel many times and I've never been able to look at an Israeli without a stony expression on my face. You can't even look at an Israeli at a dinner party in Israel without hearing their remarks about the "Nigras" or the "Jewish problem." The scenes in the movie are disgusting. I have never seen such blatant racism. But you can't look at it as a documentary. It's an insult to the Israeli people. That's why it's so hard to watch. I wish that those people were not living under such a regime. And this regime has done so much damage to their country. I'm glad that some have tried to deal with it. But the human side is not the point of this movie. The point of this movie is to raise awareness and to show that racism can happen in any country. Israel has become a place where anyone can be a Nazi and we can see it. And it can happen to anyone anywhere in the world. We have to stop it and that's what the director of this movie has tried to do. His intention was to show that racism is alive and kicking in Israel. That's why he did the interviews with the Israeli. He was so passionate about the subject that he wanted to make sure that his subjects understood that it is not just about Jews. He wanted to make sure that they understood the effects that racism has on all of us. He was so determined to make sure that his subjects understood that racism is a real problem and that they should have a chance to overcome it. This movie is a must see. I'll be surprised if this movie is not nominated for a few awards. It's a must see for everyone.

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Joseph W.

This is an incredibly important film, and I cannot stress enough how important it is. One of the most important aspects of any democracy is the ability to truly communicate and express the feelings of its citizens. And how can you express the feelings of a child in a country that has a total lack of communication and communication bylaws? This film does a good job of documenting how different cultures and countries have dealt with this problem. It's an eye opener. My favorite part is the interview with Alex Molnar, the mayor of Copenhagen. He has lived in that country for over 20 years, and is very passionate about how the problem has been addressed. He believes that this film is an important historical document, and I think it is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. This is a must see. A film that everyone should see. It will change your life and make you think.

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Wayne B.

This film about the ancient Mesopotamian civilization is well done. It is not a documentary, but an account of the life of an important historical figure, the Sumerian king Menelik, and the beginning of the end of the Babylonian Empire. It is a powerful work, but unfortunately, the Babylonian Empire was destroyed in 576 B.C. by a power struggle between the House of Judah and the House of Rezin, which led to the loss of Jerusalem and the Babylonian Empire. The film is a stunning look at the glory of the civilization, from the beginning to the end. However, it is not all about the culture, but about the civilization, which was a struggle between the civilizations. The book was published in the year 1989, when Israel was still divided in two. However, this film is based on a period of 1250-1250 B.C. The work is not as authoritative as the book, but it is a very powerful and informative work. The film is an excellent work and is a must see.

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Lauren

I saw this movie for the first time on a private, two-person screening in New York City. This is not a movie with any mainstream commercial appeal. The bulk of the audience were Americans who were unaware of the Zionist conspiracy. Most of them are young adults who are either interested in politics or were born after the end of the Cold War. It is not a movie with a "message" about Israel or Zionism, and the focus is not on the supposed facts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead it is a movie that attempts to convey to an audience the impact of the history of Zionism and the story of how the story was written. The director, Gary Younge, spent most of the movie talking about the "facts" of the story. He also showed clips of the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, talking about the "great Israel." In the end, the viewer is left with a very different view of Israel and Palestine. In the end, it seems that there was only one thing that really mattered to the people of Israel and Palestine. That is to survive.

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Kevin

This film is a must for all people who feel they know what Zionism is about. The film shows that it is an ideology which can be defined in many ways, but the main one is the idea that the Jew has a soul. I saw this film on the History channel, and it was very interesting to see how people reacted to the film. I thought it was very well done and made a point about how people look at the world. I recommend it to anyone who feels they know what Zionism is about. Many people who knew what Zionism was, are not sure what it is. I believe this film will change their minds.