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Movie Review: Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam

Alternate Title: The Rise & Fall & Rise of the Islamic Empire

Story: Islam for Dummies would have also been an appropriate alternate title for this comprehensive documentary by director and writer Joel Gilbert. It is a crash course in the history of the Islamic Empire from its inception to the present day. It is an in your face look at how the West has misinterpreted and misunderstood most of the dealings it has had with the Islamic Empire. Be warned - this film is depressing and frustrating and may fill you with doom, gloom and rage as to the future of the two worlds as they head towards an inevitable collision.

For lovers of history this film will encapsulate the 1200 years of Islam from its days of glory to how most Westerners view that world today. It is hard not to reach the conclusion at film's end that Islam will not rest until Israel is returned to the state of 'dhimmi' (tributaries) and be made to respect the rule of Islam. OY!

Watch the DVD's trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-IwwfeLp4M

Acting: It is a documentary so there is no acting. However, there's lots of fascinating file footage to watch.

Predilection: I am a Zionist.

Blatant Product Placement: Jihad

Soundtrack: A fine soundtrack by Gilbert and Bob Dylan's band.

Visual Art: The history lesson is depicted cleverly in what appears to be a building like The Alhambra with windows opening into each historic episode.

Theater Audience: I watched a screening DVD in my own home.

Squirm Scale: The subject matter is very squirmy indeed.

Drift Factor: I had to take a few breaks watching this long documentary in order to have my mind absorb all of the details.

Predictability Level: Who knows what the future holds?

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: This is now available via DVD

Length: Overly long at 145 minutes.