HOW I LEARNED TO OVERCOME MY FEAR AND LOVE ARIK SHARON

Avi Mograbi / 61’ / 1997 / Israel

Direction: Avi Mograbi
Production: Avi Mograbi
Script: Avi Mograbi
Cinematography: Ron Katzenelson, Yoav Gurfinkel, Ram Carmeli, Ronen Schechner
Editing: Avi Mograbi

With the 1996 electoral campaign looming, the director Avi Mograbi attempts to make a film about the political figure of the former minister and army general, the sadly famous and long admired Arik Sharon. After having refused –for moral and political reasons– to take part in the 1982 war in Lebanon, initiated by the Minister of Defence himself, Arik Sharon, Mograbi has a “personal” stance towards him. But the film leads him to see Arik Sharon under an unexpected and different light. Much to his surprise, he finds Sharon to be an extremely pleasant person. During the campaign, Mograbi sets his leftist political views aside and becomes surprisingly close to Sharon, only to find himself at the end, in an odd scene, dancing in a right-wing meeting surrounded by orthodox Jews and singing in support of Netanyahu.

Israeli filmmaker and video artist Avi Mograbi was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv, where he lives and works to this day. Having studied art and philosophy, he gained his first production experiences working as an assistant director on commercials and feature films, while his own filmmaking career began in 1989. Since 1999, he has taught documentary and experimental film at Tel Aviv University and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

Mograbi, one of Israel’s most distinguished filmmakers, is known for his unwavering commitment to social, cultural and political justice in the Middle East, as well as his experimentalism and innovative contribution to cinematic language. As an engaged filmmaker, he is actively involved in “Breaking the Silence“ an organization dedicated to collecting the testimonies of Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Avi Mogrbi’s documentary films have been programmed by festivals worldwide, including: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rome, New York, FID Marseille, Vision du Reel and San Francisco, among others.

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