Sinai Field Mission


Frederick Wiseman

SINAI FIELD MISSION shows the routine activities of the diplomats and electronics technicians who operate the United States Sinai Field Mission, the early warning system established in 1976 to help carry out the disengagement agreement between Egypt and Israel following the 1973 war.

Festivals & Awards

London Film Festival – 1978

Athens International Film Festival – 1979


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

Original title: Sinai Field Mission

Production: Zipporah Films

Nationality: USA

Year of production: 1978

Running time: 127'

Language: English

Ratio: 1,33:1


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