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One Day in September

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Time Out says

A worthy winner of an Oscar for Best Documentary, this dynamic, polemical account of the Black December terrorist attack on Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics - which left 11 Israeli dead - is a bold attempt to pump new energy into documentary storytelling. The film-makers have gathered an impressive list of witnesses, including Ankie Spitzer (widow of the murdered fencing coach), Hans-Dietrich Genscher (the government negotiator, subsequently Foreign Minister), Zvi Zamir (chief of Mossad) and, not least, the last surviving member of the terrorist team, Jamal Al-Gashey. Innovative editing and multi-perspective techniques, plus computer modelling and graphics, and the excellent camerawork of Alwin (Ratcatcher) Küchler result in a fascinating documentary in thriller mode, accompanied by a varied, tension-boosting rock score. The film manages to take full account of the sensibilities of the victims' family and friends, while also fashioning a compelling condemnation of the sorry record of incompetence, callousness and double-standards, if not inadvertent racism and outright illegality, on the part of the German authorities.
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Release Details

  • Duration:95 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Kevin Macdonald
  • Cast:
    • Ankie Spitzer
    • Alex Springer
    • Gad Zabari
    • Shmuel Lalkin
    • Manfred Schreiber
    • Walther Troger
    • Ulrich K Wegener
    • Hans-Dietrich Genscher
    • Schlomit Romajo
    • Magdi Gahary
    • Zvi Zamir
    • Michael Douglas
    • Jamal Al-Gashey
    • Gerald Seymour
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