How I learned to Overcome my Fear

How I learned to Overcome my Fear

How I learned to Overcome my Fear

How I learned to Overcome my Fear

1997 / Israel / 61min

With the 96’ election campaign approaching, director Avi Mograbi sets out to make a film about long time infamous and admired political figure, former cabinet minister and legendary army general, Arik Sharon.

Having refused, for moral and political reasons, to serve in the 82’ Lebanon war, initiated by minister of defense Arik Sharon, Mograbi has a “personal” attitude towards him. In the making of the film, he comes to see Sharon in a different light than expected. To his surprise he finds Sharon extremely likeable. In the course of the campaign chase Mograbi sets aside his leftist political beliefs, gets surprisingly close to Sharon, only to find himself, at the end, in a bizzare scene, dancing in a right wing rally with orthodox religeous jews and singing in support of Netanyahu.

Mograbi’s wife Tammi is always there, to support him in the beginning, warn him along the way when things go in undesireable directions and eventually leave him when she thinks he has lost his political and moral senses.

In this ironic fictious-documentary Mograbi tells the story of the making of the film about Arik Sharon that turned into a domestic melodrama, threaded with his dreams about Sharon and dialogues with his wife. But the true story told is of the impossible close encounter between left and right in present-day Israel.

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  • Original title
    How I learned to Overcome my Fear
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Avi Mograbi
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Ron Katzenelson, Yoav Gurfinkel, Ran Carmeli, Ronen Schechner
  • Editing
    Avi Mograbi
  • Music
  • Sound
  • Duration
    61 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Israel
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Avi Mograbi Films
  • Distribution
  • Awards


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