prog: 2035

Retrospective Avi Mograbi

Avi Mograbi is part of a minority of Israelis who have broken with the Zionist ideology owing to it’s colonial and increasingly religious nature; a minority which can envision only one solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - for the Israeli state to give up the idea of an exclusively Jewish state.

Since his very first film Mograbi built the foundations of a strong, iconoclastic, disturbing piece of work. A work true to his convictions and by his desire to spark debate, and to have a political impact. A work always in direct relation with the Israeli society of which it deconstructs myths, delves deeper into misunderstandings and ambiguities, scrutinizes the soul and political choices.

For five days between the 17th to 21st of September, we have the honour of having Avi Mograbi amongst us. He will not only be presenting his latest film "Once I entered a garden" which Nova is featuring all this month but will also be interacting with the public about his previous films. There will also be a special session in company of his friend and cinematographer, John Smith. It’s a retrospective as you all must have figured, where cinema is considered not only as art but also as a means of changing the world.

The Reconstruction

The Danny Katz Murder Case

Avi Mograbi, 1989, IL, 16mm > video, ov st fr, 50

In December of 1983, Danny Katz, a young Israeli boy of 15 from the city of Haifa is kidnapped, assassinated and raped after his death. Years after their arrest, the five Arabs guilty of the crime claim their innocence.
Guided by an objective eye, the film reconstructs step by step the police investigations and the ensuing judicial process. Prize for the best documentary by the Film Institute of Israel, this film provoked the reopening of the inquiry.

18.09 > 20:00 + 25.09 > 22:00
3,5€ / 2,5€

How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Ariel Sharon

Comment j’ai appris à surmonter ma peur et à aimer Ariel Sharon

Avi Mograbi, 1996, IL, video, ov st fr, 61

In 1982, for moral and political reasons, Avi Mograbi refused to serve in the Israeli army in the war against Lebanon. The then Defence minister, Arik (Ariel) Sharon later became the strong man of Likoud. As the 1996 elections drew closer, Mograbi decided to paint a portrait of this man who inspired both fascination and revulsion.

In this contravention film both dramatic and grotesque (of which the title is borrowed from Stanley Kubrick’s "Dr Strangelove"), private and political stories overlap, while the human form of the politician who has committed horrific crimes beyond belief slowly takes shape.

18.09 > 22:00 + 10.10 > 20:00
3,5€ / 2,5€

Avi Mograbi, 1998, IL, video, ov st fr, 77

Avi Mograbi is asked to make a film about the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of Israel. Simultaneously, a Palestinian producer calls upon him to make a film commemorating another anniversary, that of the Nakba ("the day of the catastrophe", the name designates the Palestinian exodus of 1948). Not backing down from anything, the cinematographer accepts both offers and tries to consolidate them in one single film ! He uses the occasion of his birthday to weave into the documentary a narrative and a big story into a smaller one, his very own, the story of the problems he faces regarding the piece of land he had bought many years ago...

19.09 > 20:00 + 05.10 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€

August: A Moment Before the Eruption

Août, avant l’explosion

Avi Mograbi, 2001, IL, video, ov st fr, 72

Avi Mograbi is preparing to film the attack of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron (when an Israeli coloniser assassinated 29 Palestinians). But then, on one hand his wife suggests to rather film the everyday israeli-Palestinian violence and on the other hand his producer urges him to complete the first shooting of the film ; camera in hand, the cinematographer does the rounds of the streets of Israel. While sharing his innermost thoughts through narrative shots where his wife, his producer and him (of which he plays all the roles) are seen bickering in his apartment, he delves into the state of mind of his co-citizens and manages to capture the heavy atmosphere of that month of August.

19.09 > 22:00 + 16.10 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€

Avenge But One of My Two Eyes

Pour un seul de mes deux yeux

Avi Mograbi, 2005, IL, video, ov st fr, 100

Blending together scenes shot in Israel and in the occupied territories during the Second Intifada, where the Palestinian people are shouting hoarse their anger and despair very much like just recently the Hebrew people against the Romans or Samson against the philistines, this film, Mograbi’s darkest, asks a fundamental question: How can we teach our children something that we reproach our enemies of?

21.09 > 19:00 + 16.10 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€


Avi Mograbi, 2008, IL, 35mm, ov st fr & nl, 81

Z32 is the codename of an former Israeli soldier who, during a retaliatory operation in the occupied territories, murdered an innocent Palestinian police officer in cold blood. Concerned about better understanding, but understanding without apologising, two years later, the soldier accepts to tell his story in front of Avi Mograbi’s camera.

21.09 > 22:00 + 17.10 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€

lang: en
id_rubrique: 2037
prog: 2035
pos: aval