Munich

In 2005, Munich was released. in 2010, Channel 4 decided to play it on their channel, in the UK.

Munich, 2006. [DVD] Steven Spielberg, USA: Universal Pictures. 

“The film begins with a depiction of the events of the Munich Massacre in 1972. After the killings, the Israeli government devises “an eye for an eye” retaliation. A target list of eleven names are drawn up in retaliation for the eleven Israeli men murdered.”

“Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day”

Munich (2005) – Synopsis. 2013. Munich (2005) – Synopsis. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408306/synopsis. [Accessed 13 December 2013]

this film is set in 1972, when Israel was in direct conflict, pre-state of declared war however, with Palestine, over land. this film is a perfect example of the hostility shown by the governments and certain individuals from each state, as well as the love, and humanity shown by the mass populations, and the changes that can occur in individuals, when humans are looked at personally, rather than as a group settled on a pice of land.

i believe channel 4 played this film for that very reason. it meets every criteria of their remit, in special case, the educating part.

this film provides brief political information, which informs audiences of tensions at the time, however focuses mainly on the individual characters, and the impacts of the war, on their lives.

I will not class this, as part of the british media, as it was created in the USA, but say that the representation of israeli and palestinian people seems very unbiased. it shows good and bad of each race of people, which is a fair representation of every population in my opinion.

 

the trailer for the film created an emotional response from the audience, as is expected from a trailer. however, it’s based on a true story, and i think knowing that, influences the impact it has on audiences.

COMPARISON

in comparison to the british media in general, Munich (2005, Spielberg) generally represents the palestinian situation fairly accurately. this is because it acknowledges the fact that the act of killing is very serious, and unacceptable, but also shows how the israeli’s respond in exactly the same manor. it also describes the emotion of the palestinians, and at one point, becomes a pro palestine film, and creates sympathies for both the palestinians, as well as the ordinary jewish citizens. the british media, is not involved in direct lives, unless they are of importnace. channel 4 covers information on Yasser Arafat’s assassination in depth, whereas the BBC, decides to keep a distance from getting to deeply involved.

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