By Richard Stellar | August 25, 2017, 2:53 PM | Source
It was the “summer of love” in 1967 when Israel repelled a concerted effort by its Arab neighbors to drive it into the sea. What took Moses a generation to achieve was about to be ripped apart by a blistering phalanx of artillery, air power and troops. It was an ambush. A 50-to-1 imbalance putting Israel into a role that it has grown accustomed to. This time, the underdog served the combined armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan a stunning David vs. Goliath defeat. In six days Goliath was brought to his knees. Had God planned this war, he would have reserved the seventh day for a day of rest. Had God created a movie of it, it might look like the new movie “Azimuth.”
The film was written and directed by Mike Burstyn, the Bronx-born son of Yiddish actors who got his start in Yiddish theater, and at 71 years old, made his first foray into directing with a movie that should be a precursor to every diplomatic mission to the Middle East.
“Azimuth” exposes conflict and salvation between two soldiers — an Israeli (Yiftach Klein) and an Egyptian (Sammy Sheik) — deadlocked in an abandoned UN outpost, during the ceasefire that ended the Six Day War.