Rather than continue to explore that and other related political hot buttons in the Middle East, director Abraham Segal pulls back to investigate Abraham’s often contradictory role in each religion’s sacred texts and myriad other arenas. Journalists, politicians, archeologists, historians, theologians, artists, psychiatrists and the proverbial man-on-the-street all contribute to what emerges as an impossible-to-reconcile ideological Tower of Babel. Did Abraham even exist as a living man? Or is he a purely “legendary figure” constructed (and continually reconstructed) by many centuries’ ever-changing societal needs?
No answers are forthcoming in this intellectual mystery, with interviewer Selim Nassib given rather too much screen time traipsing around from one locale to another. Despite that effort at “opening up” what’s essentially a talking-head interview compilation, sheer weight of info here proves taxing at times. Still, underlying point — that rigid ideologies which continue to provoke bloody conflict actually descended from long-obscured, common sources — is potent and worthwhile.
Large-scale project clearly could have been expanded to greater length, and might benefit from such treatment for future telecast purposes. All tech aspects are high-grade, with majority of interviews translated in subtitles from French