93 films in 19 categories
Iris Zaki
United Kingdom, Israel
70 Min.

Photo Film


Focus on Israel and Palestine




Romanian, English


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• 18 March, 18:30, Pavilion 32 - Goethe-Institut

The film will be screened in the presence of: Iris Zaki

• 19 March, 20:30, ARCUB

The film will be screened in the presence of: Iris Zaki

Iris Zaki
Iris Zaki is a Grierson award-winning documentary filmmaker and researcher, who uses quirky first-person narratives to depict communities. She recently finished her PhD at Royal Holloway, London, which explored her innovative interviewing technique The Abandoned Camera. Her previous film, "Women in Sink", screened at over 120 festivals and universities, received 13 awards (from Karlovy Vary, Visions du Réel and more), and featured on TV and on New York Times’ OpDocs.


Iris Zaki, a leftist artist and filmmaker from Tel Aviv, decides to spend a summer in Tekoa, a trendy West Bank settlement for Israeli hipsters, where she will mostly try to listen to the settlers, people whose political views are on the opposite side of the spectrum from hers. She sets up a small film studio in the town centre, in front of the local mini-market, with a nicely laid table, two chairs, three cameras and herself as one of the protagonists. Hours and days on end, she sits there and waits for people to summon up the courage to come talk to her. The fact that she is willing to wait as long as it takes and to put herself on the same level as the people she would like to speak to convinces more and more people to sit at her table. Naturally, they will talk about politics, about colonialism and about what is happening in Israel. The most important thing, however, is that this device establishes a safe space for some very open, free, personal and complex conversations, for a dialogue between people who in regular circumstances would have no reason to discuss face to face. (Vanina Vignal)

* Adopted by: Frontline Club

awards and festivals

CPH-DOX 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019




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