THE HUMAN FACTOR, a new film by Dror Moreh, Academy Award nominated
director of The Gatekeepers, revisits three decades of an Israeli-Arab
peace process from a unique perspective: that of the American mediators. As
peacemakers, they shuttled between Middle East capitals spending hours with
the region’s political heavyweights – heads of state, generals, diplomats,
dictators and freedom fighters – gaining intimate knowledge of the
individuals and stories which dominated daily news around the world.
For all those key figures – some working on the same issue for almost three
decades – peace in the Middle East became a personal obsession, a mission
which shaped their professional careers, affected their personal lives, and
still occupies their minds. For the first time in film, these negotiators
speak candidly about their experiences alongside never-before-seen,
official White House photography that illustrate what really went on in
rooms behind the scenes, away from the photo opportunities.
At the end of Bill Clinton's second term, there was a moment when peace
appeared to be just within reach. THE HUMAN FACTOR takes an unflinching
look at what went wrong.