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Avenge, but One of my two eyes

DIR: Avi Mograbi
2005 / Israel / 100 min

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Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi’s latest documentary has an unabashedly provocative thesis. Throughout the film, Mograbi juxtaposes footage of Palestinians being humiliated by Israeli guards with scenes of Jewish tourists being regaled by tales of their ancestors’ historical struggles for freedom. Focusing on the oft-retold stories of Samson (who, after being blinded and humiliated by the Philistines, knocked an entire temple down to crush his oppressors) and Masada (the site where over 900 Jews committed suicide to resist becoming slaves of the conquering Romans), the director highlights the hypocrisy of his fellow countrymen for celebrating these ancient tales as they simultaneously condemn the Palestinians for acting out in a similarly violent manner.

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About

Director Avi Mograbi
Screenplay Avi Mograbi
Dir. of Photography Philippe Bellaïche, Avi Mograbi
Editing Avi Mograbi, Ewa Lenkiewicz
Music
Sound Dominique Vieillard
Duration 100 min
Year 2005
Country Israel
Colour Colour
Tags memory, Near East, political, private, religion, society
Production Avi Mograbi Films
Avi Mograbi Films
Country:  Israel

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