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Notes to Eternity (2016)

'notes to eternity' is a meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict centering on the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israeli policy: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk.


Sarah Cordery


Sarah Cordery


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Credited cast:
Noam Chomsky ... Himself
Norman Finkelstein Norman Finkelstein ... Himself
Robert Fisk Robert Fisk ... Himself
Sara Roy Sara Roy ... Herself


notes to eternity is a meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict centering on the lives and ideas of four renowned critics of Israel: Noam Chomsky, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein and Robert Fisk. All four have strong personal connections to the issue that traverse and transcend historical and cultural lines. Filmed over a number of years in the Middle East, the United States and the United Kingdom, the film becomes an exploration of the very act of representing injustice suffered by another, and a testament to the realities of dispossession that reverberate through all narratives of colonization and forced displacement.

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a meditation on the Israel-Palestine conflict




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New Zealand


English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

12 May 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

Palestine See more »

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Crow McNally Films See more »
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Color (Super 16mm)| Color (HDCAM)| Black and White
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A preliminary cut of 'notes to eternity' screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival in August 2014. It was 168 minutes long. The final cut was completed in 2016 and is 147 minutes. The film opened on 12 May 2016 with a New Zealand limited theatrical release. See more »

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excellent film
9 June 2016 | by gillbailey-92925See all my reviews

Under the superb direction of Sarah Cordery, who is also the producer and script writer, this is an exceptional film, not only for the viewpoints of Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Sara Roy, Robert Fisk and local Palestinian Moussa Abu Hash Hash, but for the way we meet each character in a personal way. This is not a series of stark interviews but an insight into the feelings of each about the Israel-Palestine issue. There is anger, compassion and humour. There is a human touch as we visit each at home and at work. It is rare to see a documentary that has so much warmth.

Cinematographer Alun Bollinger brilliantly focuses not only on the personality of each character but on place, both local and distant - from Beirut and Hebron to New York and Edinburgh.

Ant Sang's animation adds another dimension that makes this film a 'must-see'.

Highly recommended.

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