Munich ("Inspired by Real Events")
I spend a lot of time thinking about how people get their information—what shapes the way they see the world. In fact my answer has much to do with why I decided to pursue a PhD in history. While myriad forces—from family to a flashing message on a bill board might influence thoughts, decisions, ideas . . . my theory is that education and journalism are two of the largest feeders of information about society. We learn a lot about what’s going on in the world around us from what we read in the paper and see on the news, and we hopefully learn to critically analyze that information from the books our teachers assign us to read and the conversations we have in the classroom. Of course, whether or not the journalism is objective and teachers try to expose us to the widest possible variety of views is another topic worthy of discussion—but ideally they both aspire to.
What responsibility, on the other hand, do artists have to tell us when they’re conveying or fabricating “truth” (or at least attempting to do one or the other)? A few days ago one of my parent’s friends started a conversation about “
I know that many have criticized the film for portraying the Palestinians too sympathetically—but I would have to disagree with that assessment. True, we never see a Palestinian or Arab feeling guilty, but I think that implicates them more rather than less. There’s a scene towards the beginning where the Israelis are watching a news report on throngs of Palestinians rejoicing upon the safe return of several of the terrorists. I certainly don’t think that scene, for example, show the Palestinians in a favorable light.