By Calum Marsh
By Michelle Orange
By Michael Atkinson
By Simon Abrams
By Zachary Wigon
By Aaron Hillis
By Casey Burchby
By Stephanie Zacharek
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Written by Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges
A Trimark release Opens November 17
One Day in September
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
A Sony Pictures Classics release
Opens November 17
Macdonald had incredible footage to work with, but his primary coup is an interview with the only Black September survivor, who has been living underground since he and two others escaped to Libya during an extremely suspect Lufthansa hijacking. While it has been believed for years that the German government had made a deal with the Palestinians to allow the three terrorists to escape (one of the officials interviewed essentially admits to this), the film is extraordinarily courageous in exposing what the Germans did, or more to the point, failed to do during the Olympic crisis. You are left with only two possible explanations, both quite damning. Either the German authorities were incompetent, or someone among them was acting in collusion with the terrorists.
The flaw of One Day in September is that while it goes to great lengths to give the Israeli athletes their full humanity through home movies and testimonies of friends and relatives, it gives no such attention to the terrorists nor to the history of Palestinian displacement.
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