Shamir, His Way
Directed By: Igal Lerner /
Israel / 2020 / Hebrew (English Subtitles)
Documentary / Biography
Territory Rights: WORLD-WIDE
Exhibition Format: DCP, Prores/QT
Option for Live Appearance: Q&A
Name of guest: Yair Shamir and filmmakers Igal Lerner and Erez Fridman
Role of guest: Q&A and Live Show
Original Title: Shamir, Bedarku
The film reveals for the first time the extraordinary life of Yitzhak Shamir, a ground-breaking leader who has impacted the entire Middle East region for decades.
1991 – a pivotal year that started with Iraqi missiles launched on Israel and has ended with the consequential Madrid Peace Conference. It was also the last year Yitzhak Shamir served as the Prime Minister of Israel. The film intertwines exclusive and behind-the-scenes’ insights illustrating the unique path between the terror of war and the hopes of peace. It dramatically unfolds Shamir’s unprecedented and controversial decisions such as not retaliating to Iraq’s missile attack in addition to withstanding international pressure from world leaders such as President George H. W. Bush and President Mikhail Gorbachev.
The film reveals significant milestones in Shamir’s life as head of the LEHI, and head of an elite and secret unite in the MOSSAD – Israel Secret Intelligence Service before entering politics.
Shamir’s enigmatic and unique story is revealed via interviews with key figures such as former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, and former heads of Israel’s Secret Agencies such as Ya’akov Peri and Shabtai Shavit, in addition to interviews with Shamir’s confidants, collogues and family. Shamir is portrayed as a sophisticated, loyal and revered leader with many accomplishments but also many secrets which he has zealously guarded – some of which are revealed in the film for the first time. For example, the film depicts the clandestine meeting with King Hussain, which prevented war with Jordan, and the intelligence war room which operated during the historic Madrid Peace Conference.
Varied key figures have attended the film’s Israeli premiere, such as the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, prior to its broadcast on Channel 8, one of Israel’s leading documentary channels.