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In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem
Runtime: 121 minutes
Starring: Haim Almakis, Zion Ashkenazi, Assaf Ashtar
Director: Erin Zimmerman
Language: S*rew up-1.
Violence: Several depictions of war violence in archived film and in reenactments, including bullet wounds on faces, bloody stomach wounds, bloody hands, and soldiers being shot; rifles held in photos and in re-enactments; bandages, severed limbs shown as bloody stumps, the firing of artillery and tanks, aircraft that fires artillery, explosions, fires, and shooting practice; a smashed car; corpses; archive footage of Holocaust POWs.
Drugs: The smoking of cigarettes in several scenes; cigarette burns in ashtray; the drinking of wine in celebration; it's said someone was placed on tranquilizers; the mention of nicotine poisoning.
Nudity: Shirtless men in a few scenes and in photos.
Other: It's said latrines were built over graves as a sign of disrespect; hatred of various people against the Jews; it's stated that a commander some years later, battling cancer, committed suicide; death and grief.
Produced by CBN Documentaries and Biblical Productions, "In Our Hands" tells the story of the Battle of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War through the eyes of the IDF's 55th Paratrooper Brigade, highlighting their role in the liberation of Jerusalem. The docudrama combines dramatic reenactments with interviews of veterans of the Six-Day War and archival footage and photos.
"In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem" marks the 50th anniversary of Israel's amazing victory in the Six-Day War. They liberated Jerusalem in June 1967 and gained a surprising victory which boosted morale. Has 50 years truly passed? It has, and the sons of soldiers, and the fabulous modern city of Jerusalem are brilliantly revealed in the film, which is a combination of history, archived footage, and reenactments. The key players in this replication of war are featured as well as a focus on scripture and how it foretold Israel's future independence. There are a few moments of humor which strives to lighten the war mood, such as a comment that before Israel's victory, so many people fled that it was said a sign should be posted saying, "Will the last person leaving the country please turn off the light."
Since it is a movie about war, there are bloody depictions of stomach wounds, bullet wounds in heads and on faces, and bloody bandages, not to mention corpses. The political figures of the day and key turning points in the war are examined. Various survivors speak of the grief that, in some ways, they still carry today—having lost buddies and comrades. For those who see the Jewish nation as God's chosen people, this film will illustrate the miraculous victory that was hard earned in 1967, a victory that defied all the odds. Gordon Robertson, the CEO of CBN, speaks at the end of the film, mentioning Israel's place in the world today and in scripture. We are pleased to award the movie our Faith-Based Seal, meaning it has some strong content (the violence) but also contains a strong faith message. The Israel and Jerusalem we know today goes back to 1967, and this is that amazing story.
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages FB
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