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Avi Mograbi / 81’ / 2008 / Israel, Francia

Direction: Avi Mograbi
Production: Avi Mograbi
Script: Avi Mograbi
Cinematography: Philippe Bellaïche
Editing: Avi Mograbi
Sound: Dominique Vieillard
Original Music: Noam Enbar

An ex-Israeli soldier who took part in a revenge operation which led to the killing of two Palestinian police officers seeks forgiveness for what he has done. His girlfriend does not believe that it will be that easy; she raises questions that he is not ready to tackle. The soldier willingly testifies before the camera on the condition that his identity will not be revealed. While the filmmaker seeks to find the correct solution to conceal the soldier’s identity, he questions his own political and artistic behaviour.

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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