Wednesdays with Wiseman: Sinai Field Mission


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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Program:Wednesdays With Wiseman
Virtual Cinema
Release Year:1978
Runtime:127 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Zipporah Films
Director:Frederick Wiseman
Producer:Frederick Wiseman
Editor:Frederick Wiseman
Filmography:Titicut Follies (1967)
Hospital (1970)
Sinai Field Mission (1978)
Missile (1988)
Ballet (1995)
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2009)
Boxing Gym (2010)
At Berkeley (2013)
National Gallery (2014)



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Reserve your ticket and start watching Wednesday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 24. You will have 48 hours to complete once you begin watching.

Wednesdays with Wiseman

Your ticket includes a special recorded conversation with Frederick Wiseman and Academy Award winner Errol Morris (The Fog of War).

In celebration of the opening of Frederick Wiseman’s 45th film, City Hall, we’re presenting a series of three Wiseman classics – Ballet (1995); Hospital (1974); Sinai Field Mission (1978) – available on successive Wednesdays beginning October 28, accompanied by conversations between Wiseman and other Oscar-winning filmmakers (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo), Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), and Errol Morris (The Fog of War), respectively).

About the Film

Sinai Field Mission shows the routine activities of the diplomats and electronics technicians who operate the U.S. Sinai Field Mission, the early warning system established in 1976 to help facilitate the disengagement between Egypt and Israel after the 1973 war. The major purpose of the Mission is to monitor the approaches to strategic passes and to verify the operations of the Egyptian and Israeli surveillance stations in the Sinai Buffer Zone.


"Far from playing at an alluring game of espionage, the 163 U.S. personnel stationed in a critical area of the buffer zone between Israeli and Egyptian territories seriously envision and perform their role in tandem with the UN as a peace-keeping referee — seeing that the hostile parties abide by the stringent rules of limited personnel and restricted activity within this free zone… this is a fascinating keyhole examination of an unusual facet of U.S. institutions for students of international relations, political science, government, and psychology at the college level and for followers of Wiseman’s work in public library and college programs." – Irene Wood, Booklist

"Wiseman gives us a community. We sense the isolation, the harsh climate, the numbing drudgery of the paperwork… by filming the story of Sinai Field Mission from the inside out, by incorporating all of the elements that make it up rather than a rote narrative of what it does and how it came to be, Frederick Wiseman has once again brought an issue into focus. And we know and care a little bit more because of it." – James Brown, Los Angeles Times

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