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Avi Mograbi
France, Israel
84 Min.

Photo Film


Avi Mograbi Retrospective




Romanian, English

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• 22 March, 20:30, ARCUB

The film will be screened in the presence of: Avi Mograbi

Avi Mograbi
Israeli filmmaker and video artist Avi Mograbi was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv. He studied art and philosophy in Tel Aviv, where he still lives today. After gathering his first experience assisting directors, his own filmmaking began in 1989. Since 1999 he also teaches documentary and experimental filmmaking at the University of Tel Aviv, and at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and Art Academy. Avi Mograbi is not only considered Israel’s most important documentarist, but also a committed eyewitness of the Middle East conflict, an experimentalist, and avid reformist of cinematic language. His films have appeared at festivals worldwide.


The documentary calls into question Israel's almost non-existent immigration policies regarding African refugees, most of them originating from Eritrea and the Sudan, confined in an "open-air" detention centre in Israel. Employing some of the techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed, Avi Mograbi stages a play about the condition of the refugees, who write and enact it together with the Israeli volunteers; within the play, they continuously swap and negotiate their roles, so as to allow each of the two sides the chance to experience each other’s standpoint through art. The resulting spectacle is at times tragic, at times grotesque, a comedy of errors that plays on the audiences’ expectations and convictions, constantly drawing attention to the ludicrous attitude of a nation entirely made up of refugees, who in turn refuse to come to the aid of others finding themselves in a similar predicament. (Raluca Durbacă)

awards and festivals

Berlinale Forum 2016
Cinéma du Réel 2016
Doc Buenos Aires 2017
Segal Center Film Festival - New York


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The festival was created in 2008 by the: Czech Centre Bucharest