5 Days

Director: Yoav Shamir

Institute History

  • 2006 Sundance Film Festival


On August 15, 2005, Israel began the evacuation of the Gaza Strip, removing 8,000 settlers from their homes and villages. 5 Days intimately documents one of the most significant historical events of the past few decades in the Middle East, setting it apart from the sensational images broadcast around the world. After years of confrontations with Palestinians, Israel turned its force against itself with a pledge not to shed any Jewish blood. With unprecedented access to the Israeli army and the settlers, seven camera crews followed General Dan Harel, chief of the Southern Command and in charge of the disengagement; the settlers; and the vocal resistance movement during this sensitive operation.

The director of the critically acclaimed Checkpoint, Yoav Shamir reveals how a situation predicted to explode was resolved without violence. What emerges from Shamir's camera is a touching mosaic of an Israeli society in all its complexity, confronting a unique and historic moment.

— Anna Proulx

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