In January 2009, during the war in Gaza, two courageous Israeli directors grabbed their cameras to shoot material along the common border. The bombs are filmed from a distance, out of focus and at extreme focal length – the tourists’ point of view. The impact of the bombs in the distance is muffled, which is why the visual opposition between close up/long shot draws the attention to the spoken words, which are blunt, without compassion. The result of their journey is a disturbing essay about war and tourism, an absurd, surreal journey.
VTIFF Vermont International Film Festival - USA 2012
SønDok (SunDoc) EDN international screening series, Copenhagen - Denmark 2012
IFFB Israeli Independent Film Festival in Berlin - Germany 2012
Jewish Motifs International Film Festival - Poland 2012
Filmisreal! Film Festival - The Netherlands 2012
Jerusalem Film Festival - Israel 2011
Cinema South Festival - Israel 2011
WITHIN THE EYE OF THE STORM (when enemies turn to brothers)
Bassam and Rami, a Palestinian and an Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for their nations. Yet, when faced with the tragic loss of their daughters in the conflict, they chose to do the unexpected and instead of seeking revenge, they turned from enemies to brothers.
HULA AND NATAN
The tragicomic story of two brothers who survive by working as mechanics in a small garage in Sderot. Under the hail of missiles from Gaza, they comment the harsh reality of life in southern Israel during brotherly arguments oozing with black humour. The film is juxtaposing their disheveled lives with the drama of conflict intensifying around them. As much a funny and moving family story as a devastating commentary on the absurdity of war.