Avi Mograbi: Israeli Enfant Terrible

War, hatred, mistrust, armed attacks by both sides, and hopelessness. These are all characteristics of the never-ending, Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We would like to present Israeli director Avi Mograbi, who reflects his Jewish identity through his unique artistic style: he makes fun of himself without ceasing to take his subject matter seriously, combining politics with his purely personal perspective.

Probably the best known of Mograbi’s films – Avenge But One of My Two Eyes – was introduced at Cannes in 2005. It presents unique shots taken at the military checkpoints in the Gaza Strip, where filming is usually forbidden. Then, in his Between Fences, he shows African migrants in a refugee camp in Israel. This film was first screened in 2016 at the Berlinale. In the documentary Once I Entered a Garden, Mograbi and his Palestinian friend hold long discussion about the past, their ancestors, and the establishment of Israel, which has affected the lives of Palestinians forever.

Take a look at a dead-serious topic through the lens of an “unruly child” – the Israeli documentary filmmaker Avi Mograbi!

Photo: Guli Cohen.

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