Scene from the film How I Learned to Overcome My Fear
Scene from the film How I Learned to Overcome My Fear
Scene from the film How I Learned to Overcome My Fear
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How I Learned to Overcome My Fear

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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, Ariel Sharon.

Having refused, for moral and political reasons, to serve in the 82’ Lebanon war, initiated by minister of defense Ariel 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 Ariel 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
  • DOP
    Ron Katzenelson, Yoav Gurfinkel, Ran Carmeli, Ronen Schechner
  • Editing
    Avi Mograbi
  • Duration
    61 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Israel
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Avi Mograbi Films
      • Israel
  • Festivals
    • 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 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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