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Sinai Field Mission

DIRECTED BY: FREDERICK WISEMAN | 1978 | 2H 7M | UNRATED

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OPENS 10/28

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• General Admission – $8.00

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WEDNESDAYS WITH WISEMAN SERIES

Over his six-decade career, documentarian Frederick Wiseman has established himself as one of the preeminent chroniclers of American social, cultural, and political institutions. Foregoing narration and conventional plot, Wiseman’s immersive, essayistic films use patient observation and episodic structure to undertake penetrating studies of their subjects. Building towards the release of his epic new film CITY HALL, this series showcases select highlights from the director’s filmography, paired with exclusive recorded conversations between Wiseman and other leading documentarians.

SINAI FIELD MISSION

The Sinai Field Mission was established by the American government in 1976 to monitor military movements and help de-escalate tensions between Egypt and Israel following their 1973 war. This 1978 documentary follows the station’s technicians and officials through their routine activities amid the harsh landscape of the Sinai Peninsula, providing a glimpse into the daily practice of diplomacy.

The film is accompanied by an exclusive, pre-recorded conversation between director Frederick Wiseman and documentarian Errol Morris (THE THIN BLUE LINE, THE FOG OF WAR)

“Wiseman gives us a community. We sense the isolation, the harsh climate, the numbing drudgery of the paperwork… by filming the story of Sinai Field Mission from the inside out, by incorporating all of the elements that make it up rather than a rote narrative of what it does and how it came to be, Frederick Wiseman has once again brought an issue into focus. And we know and care a little bit more because of it.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Far from playing at an alluring game of espionage, the 163 U.S. personnel stationed in a critical area of the buffer zone between Israeli and Egyptian territories seriously envision and perform their role in tandem with the UN as a peace-keeping referee — seeing that the hostile parties abide by the stringent rules of limited personnel and restricted activity within this free zone… this is a fascinating keyhole examination of an unusual facet of U.S. institutions for students of international relations, political science, government, and psychology at the college level and for followers of Wiseman’s work in public library and college programs.”
 – BOOKLIST