'There's No Enemy, There's No Victory'

Orlando Weekly | March 27, 2007
"There's no enemy, there's no victory," says the military commander leading exercises at the beginning of Unsettled, and she's right. The Israeli army is preparing to mobilize an evacuation of the West Bank and Gaza, removing Israeli citizens who have been ordered to vacate their outpost settlements. This real-life drama has been covered before, and countless docs have highlighted the personal turmoil that defines the human aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Unsettled excels where many others have failed: The film draws complete pictures of the people on both sides of the debate -- the surfer dude who doesn't want to leave, the mother of a soldier, the protest-ready "religious filmmaker." In doing so, the film underscores the reality that there are no winners when fellow citizens are fighting one another -- the Palestinians are conspicuously absent in Unsettled. The views held by each individual are so strong that it becomes impossible to take sides. By emphasizing the sheer inconclusiveness of the struggle, director Adam Hootnick has crafted a dramatic, sensitive and often quite funny picture of a dire situation.

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