While we wait impatiently for Weekend.15, we bring you some movie recommendations that you can use to help pass the time until the best weekend of the year. Watching a movie is always a good option, and when you don’t know what to watch and want to take a break from the Hollywood world of make-believe, you can find inspiration here. On the occasion of the arrival of Israeli journalist and publicist Yossi Melman and the topic of espionage and security that he will talk about at the Weekend, we suggest that you watch his documentaries, as well as a few other films that will provide you with quality time spent in front of the screen.
Yossi Melman is one of the top experts in the field of espionage and international security, the author of a series of bestsellers about the Mossad and the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet. Today, his ten books have been published in 20 languages in about 40 countries around the world. Some of the biggest bestsellers, such as “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars” and “Every Spy a Prince: The Complete History of Israel’s Intelligence Community”, he wrote with CBS journalist Dan Raviv. What may not be so well known is that Melman also tried his hand at directing. He and director Duki Dror co-created the documentary “Inside The Mossad” which was shown on Netflix, and he also collaborated with award-winning director Alex Gibney on the documentary “Zero Days”.
- „Inside The Mossad“
Israel’s legendary intelligence agency has been sealed off from the media for years, but in the 2017 film, a dozen former Mossad spies talk firsthand about their work and moral dilemmas, drawing viewers into a personal account of the covert operations that shaped Israel’s past.
- „Zero Days“
A 2016 documentary detailed claims that the US-Israeli co-developed Stuxnet malware was set up not only designed to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuges, but also to threaten attacks on Iran’s civilian infrastructure.
In addition to Melman’s films, we definitely suggest that you watch Steven Spielberg’s film “Munich”, since September 5 marked the 50th anniversary of the Palestinian terrorist attack on the Israeli Olympic team in Munich, Germany.
In 1972, the world watched as 11 Israeli athletes were killed at the Munich Olympics. This 2005 film by director Steven Spielberg brings all the inevitable paranoia, double agents and dubious loyalties.
- „21 Hours at Munich“
The infamous attack on Israeli athletes and coaches in the Olympic Village during the 1972 Munich Games is depicted in this 1976 made-for-television movie by director William A. Graham, supplemented with archival footage from the actual event.
- „Sword of Gideon“
A film directed by Michael Anderson, made in 1986, about Mossad agents hunting down terrorists linked to the Munich massacre.
The 2008 documentary short by artist Sarah Morris provides an intimate portrait of Dr. Georg Sieber, the chief psychologist who advised the Olympics’ security team. Sieber was present on Connolly Street on the tragic morning of September 5, 1972, when members of the Black September terrorist group attacked and took hostage members of the Israeli Olympic team. Sieber resigned from his position later that morning. He had been hired by the International Olympic Committee and the Munich police to jointly predict possible scenarios that could threaten the security of the Olympic Games and prepare much-needed security training.
Regardless of which movies you decide to watch, after you sit comfortably in front of your screens and recharge your batteries, you can slowly start packing your bags because Rovinj is waiting for you – #SAMODOĐI.