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Secret Agent Avi. Homage Avi Mograbi

Poetic activist? Politically unreliable poet? As a critic of Israel’s role in the Middle East conflict, Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi puts himself squarely between two stools. He spies on all ideological camps, varying a special poetics of concealment and revelation that we will present in three of his most recent works.

Homage Avi Mograbi
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The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation Avi Mograbi
Why and for what purpose does politics resort to the model of “military occupation”? Avi Mograbi uses the example of “Israel-Palestine” to explain its standard mechanisms and aporias.
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The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

54 hashanim harishonot – madrikh mekutzar lekibush tzva’i
Avi Mograbi
Homage Avi Mograbi
Documentary Film
France,
Finland,
Israel,
Germany
2021
110 minutes
Hebrew,
English
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

The archived testimonies of “Breaking the Silence”, an association of military veterans, are to be turned into a compilation of “service incidents” in the Israeli-occupied territories. But Avi Mograbi confesses: “My films tend to get complicated, even when my intention is to make a very simple film.” His reaction to a complex doom is artistically and intellectually commensurate: complex. Once again he uses a built-in commentary function in which he himself, white-bearded, explains the tricky situation to his audience: not as a special “Israel-Palestine” case, but as the bitter standard application of the globally familiar aporetic model of “military occupation”.


Sylvia Görke

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28.10.
#444
Passage Kinos Astoria
The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
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28.10.2021
Passage Kinos Astoria
#444
The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
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Avi Mograbi
Camille Laemlé
Serge Lalou
Annie Ohayon-Dekel
Fabrice Puchault
Heino Deckert
Leila Lyytikäinen
Elina Pohjola
Farid Rezkallah
Anne Grolleron
Avi Mograbi
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Avi Mograbi
Tulik Gallon
Philippe Bellaiche
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi

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Homage Avi Mograbi
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Once I Entered a Garden Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi has dreams: of his Arabic-speaking grandfather in Damascus and of a multilingual homeland uniting Jewish and Palestinian perspectives.
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Once I Entered a Garden

Pa’am nikhnasti legan
Avi Mograbi
Homage Avi Mograbi
Documentary Film
Israel,
Switzerland,
France
2012
99 minutes
Arabic,
Hebrew
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

Avi Mograbi met his grandfather in a dream. The setting: Damascus, 1920. Would the two have spoken Arabic or Hebrew at this impossible encounter? It’s amazing that they were able to communicate at all! For Mograbi barely speaks Arabic, and his grandfather only learned Ivrit later. Another impossible conversation begins in his friend Ali Al-Azhari’s flat: between Avi, the Jew, and Ali, the Palestinian. Their lively, affectionate exchange about ancestors, vocabularies and dreams is supposed to prepare for a film that ends up not being made. But since the footage has already been shot, why not use it to tackle a new Israeli-Palestine reality?


Sylvia Görke

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27.10.
#353
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
Once I Entered a Garden
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27.10.2021
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
#353
Once I Entered a Garden
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Avi Mograbi
Serge Lalou
Samir
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi
Noam Enbar
Phillipe Bellaïche
Rainer M. Trinkler
Noam Enbar
Florian Eidenbenz

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Homage Avi Mograbi
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Z32 Avi Mograbi
An ex-soldier of the Israeli army declares himself complicit in the killing of Palestinians. He faces a filmic cross examination which Avi Mograbi comments on in song.
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Z32

Z32
Avi Mograbi
Homage Avi Mograbi
Documentary Film
Israel,
France
2008
81 minutes
Hebrew
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

Under file entry Z32, the testimony of a former elite soldier of the Israeli army is preserved. He confesses to having participated in the killing of Palestinians. Was it a breach of duty resulting from high spirits, collateral damage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the self-fulfilling prophecy of every military training? Avi Mograbi uses the testimony and his own disturbance as an occasion to re-interrogate the confessor who is made anonymous by image manipulation. He calls his cross examination a “documentary musical tragedy”, because he sings his comments right into the experimental interrogation room: “Oy, I’m harbouring a murderer, oy, inside my film.”


Sylvia Görke

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28.10.
#451
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
Z32
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28.10.2021
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
#451
Z32
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.

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Avi Mograbi
Serge Lalou
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi
Noam Enbar
Noam Enbar
Philippe Bellaiche
Dominique Vieillard

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Melen Bouëtard