Israeli Documentary 'The Oslo Diaries’ to Be Screened at Sundance Festival

Co-director: ‘We have completely given up on any peace agreement. Now of all times it’s important to take a sober look backward and see the attempt to bring a different future for the two peoples.’

The signing of the Oslo Accords.
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‘The Oslo Diaries,’ a documentary by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan about the secret negotiations leading up to the 1993 Oslo peace agreement, has been accepted in the prestigious Sundance Festival’s documentary category, it was reported on Wednesday.

Produced by Hilla Medalia and Ina Fichman, the film presents the Oslo agreement from three points of view – Israeli, Palestinian and American. It was filmed in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, United States, England and France and consists of previously unreleased archive footage.

The meetings leading up to the agreement reached nearly a quarter of a century ago, which were held secretly, were never officially sanctioned and were chronicled only in the negotiators’ diaries.

The movie is based, among other things, on the private diaries of Ron Pundak, Uri Savir, Ahmed Qureia (Abu Alaa), Hanan Ashrawi, Yossi Beilin and Shimon Peres.

Sivan says the film tells the story of two nations’ attempt to make a peace agreement between enemies, after decades of hatred and violence.

“Twenty-five years later, it seems we have completely given up on any peace agreement. The words ‘peace,’ ‘occupation’ and ‘Palestinians’ have been totally deleted from all the major parties’ platforms and the dream of annexation and Greater Israel has become legitimate,” he says.

“Now of all times it’s important to take a sober look backward and see the attempt to bring a different future for the two peoples,” he says.

The film will be broadcast next year in a three-part mini-series on Yes Docu.

Loushy, Sivan and Medalia’s previous documentary, “Censored Voices,” screened at the Sundance Festival – the largest independent film festival in the United States – in 2015, and was then shown in the Berlin Film Festival and the local Docaviv festival.