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How I learned to Overcome my Fear

DIR: Avi Mograbi
1997 / Israel / 61 min

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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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About

Director Avi Mograbi
Screenplay Avi Mograbi
Dir. of Photography Ron Katzenelson, Yoav Gurfinkel, Ran Carmeli, Ronen Schechner
Editing Avi Mograbi
Music
Sound
Duration 61 min
Year 1997
Country Israel
Colour Colour
Tags elections, Near East, political, portrait, private, staged
Production Avi Mograbi Films
Avi Mograbi Films
Country:  Israel

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Festivals

Edinburgh International Film Festival ...

Edinburgh International Film Festival Festival Des Films Du Monde - Montreal
Sidney Film Festival
Etats Generaux du Film Documentaire - Lussas
Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
7e Semaine Internationale de Video - Genev a
Pesaro Film Festival
Festival of New Film and Video - Split
Riocine Festival
Fictions du Reel – Marseille
The Film Center - Chicago
Transmediale Video Fest - Berlin ‘98
Uruguay Intl’ Film Festival ‘98
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
London Jewish Film Festival
The Boston Jewish Film Festival
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Cleveland Israeli & Jewish Film Festival
Tucson Jewish Film Festival
Portland Jewish Film Festival ‘98
Maine Jewish Film Festival ‘98
San Diego Jewish Film Festival ‘98
Seattle Jewish Film Festival ‘98
Athens (OH) International Film & Video Festival
Locarno VideoArt Festival
Le Cinema de Trafic - Jeu de Paume Gallery Paris
Videonale - Bonn
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest
Buenos Aires de Cine Independiente
MedFilm Festival – Roma

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