OR­PHANED LAND

Is­raeli prog­gers look to their home­land in a gritty doc­u­men­tary.

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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

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