Liberal politics in Israeli movies of the 1980s and '90s.
Whereas early Zionist cinema constructs the protagonists as pioneers conscious of their historical-utopian role, 1980s Conflict Film disrupts this sense of telos, featuring heroes who "cannot ask the right question" and suffer from a blurred vision of reality. The soldier, who in Israeli history replaced the pioneer, no longer strives to revitalize the wasteland for the mutual benefit of both Jews and Arabs. Instead he becomes the ultimate cause of suffering to both peoples.
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