Israeli proggers look to their homeland in a gritty documentary.
The artwork for Orphaned Land’s 2013 album All Is One seamlessly conjoins the symbols for Christianity, Judaism and Islam, with the Israeli prog metallers promoting peace among the faiths. The new one-hour documentary of the same name digs deeper into the background of a band living in a Middle Eastern religious and political hotbed, where it’s the norm for houses to have safe zones and bomb-proof bunker shutters, as the group’s members harrowingly describe in their own homes. Fans looking for a glimpse into Orphaned Land’s music, writing process or life on the road will be disappointed, but the story of the group’s connections – or lack of – to faith is a more important and engrossing story to tell. Singer Kobi Farhi is the documentary’s most absorbing presence, and he admits with some embarrassment that he briefly developed extremist views against Arabs as a teenager following a terror attack which killed a 14-yearold girl. He’s a champion for peace now, as are the rest of Orphaned Land, and the takeaway message from this intriguing documentary is that music, as it always has been, is a force for good in trumping hate and division. CC