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Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 to Sunday, May 22, 2022


Spertus Institute is proud to sponsor


at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

About the Festival

Spertus Institute is pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with the Chicago Festival of Israel Cinema, directed by Spertus alumna Cindy Stern. This year's festival (the 17th annual!) is the first hybrid. The opening and closing nights are live events. All other films are available to stream from May 11 to May 22, 2022, with the purchase of individual tickets or festival-wide streaming passes.

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About the Film

Can a leader succeed in changing the course of history? Tolstoy pondered this question in War and Peace, and so, too, does Ehud Barak.

In this remarkable film, Ehud Barak observes with disillusioned clarity his own history and the history of the State of Israel. At the age of 78, 20 years after he was forced to resign as Prime Minister due to the failure of the 2000 Camp David summit, he looks back at key events that have shaped the narrative of Israel as well as that of his own life — as a decorated military commander, IDF Chief of Staff, and head of state. In WHAT IF, Barak speaks candidly about the shock of the Yom Kippur War, the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, his peace talks with Yasser Arafat, and more.

Ran Tal, one of Israel's most respected documentary filmmakers, delivers an outstanding philosophical essay and proposes a deep cinematic reflection on history and decision-making.

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85 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Nominated, Best Documentary Film, Jerusalem Film Festival