93 films in 19 categories
Avi Mograbi
France, Israel
81 Min.

Photo Film


Avi Mograbi Retrospective




Romanian, English

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• 23 March, 17:00, Cinema Elvire Popesco

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.


A former soldier in the Israeli army is haunted by the memory of a collective murder he took part in years ago against Palestinian civilians. Now, he is no longer able to see his actions as the right and justified response to the initial attack of the opposing side, in which six of his colleagues had lost their lives. He can only remember the carnality of the crime and the satisfaction, following months of boredom having lived an anodyne life in a training camp, of feeling, when pulling the trigger, like the heroes in American war movies. Urged by filmmaker Avi Mograbi, he starts keeping a video diary to confide in, seldom directly to the camera and more often than not through dialogues with his girlfriend, who is critical of his irresponsible past behaviour. Fearing retaliation from the victims’ families, his real identity is concealed and his face continually gets digitally reconstructed in dozens of different variations. And this isn’t the only way in which “Z32” turns this rather insipid boy into the voice of an entire generation of Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger wannabes, drawn into the army with the promise of a spectacular life. Mograbi’s intelligent, playful and musical commentaries — accompanied by his son or by an orchestra - constantly interrupt the stories the protagonist is telling and expose the accountability and hypocrisy of a society that carelessly sends its young members on unjust, vengeful missions, only to shun and blame them for their actions later. “Z32” is one of the most compelling films of the decade. (Andrei Rus)

awards and festivals

Venice Film Festival 2008

CPH-DOX 2008

San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente 2009

Gijón International Film Festival 2008

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2009

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2008


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