Hamas - Behind the Mask

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Hamas - Behind the Mask (CBC documentary from 2005)

This one-hour journalistic exploration by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Shelley Saywell takes the viewer beyond the headlines and into the daunting, determined minds and hearts of Hamas, a movement formed in 1987 with one declared aim - to destroy the hard-won New State of Israel through Jihad: through applied resistance to Israels occupation of what Palestinians perceived - and perceive - as their ancestral land.

Saywell and her small, two-person crew spent many months securing unprecedented access to not only the current leaders of Hamas, but also to one-on-one interviews with insightful, knowledgeable Israelis and Palestinians not often heard from.

Hamas: Behind the Mask captures Hamas at a transformative moment in its relatively short history, when in process of shifting from an internationally - condemned "terrorist organization" that has claimed many Israeli lives to a legitimate contender for popular political status on that same world stage.

Frank Kitman