Identity: Israeli documentary film at the Jewish Theatre

January 1, 2007

Documentary film tradition in Israel is renowned for its sharp and poignant treatment of local, yet universal issues as alienation, immigration, injustice, the struggles of the peripheral people, private and national identity. The Jewish Theatre initiates a discussion on these issues while presenting three Israeli film makers' social engagement and life philosophy as depicted in their films. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the director.

Doron Tsabari
February 2-4: Sewing for Bread, Underdogs: A War Film and True to Life – Stories by Ramla Youths

There are no heroes in Doron Tsabari's films, only the simple person.
Doron Tsabari is a political activist who uses his films to bring to light the forgotten Israeli periphery.

Doron Tsabari is an acclaimed film director. He is the chairman of the Film Directors Union and the Founder Director of the Documentary Film Makers Forum in Israel. His films treat the Israeli peripheral towns and the struggles of their inhabitants. Doron Tsabari has been writing for various newspapers, teaching documentary film and working for Israeli television. He is currently working on a controversial film that puts in question the management of the Israeli public service (Channel 1).

Tomer Heymann
March 9-11: Paper Dolls, Aviv, A Bridge over the Wadi and It Kind’a Scares Me

Tomer Heymann graduated from Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv in 1997. He is drawn mostly to the "anti-heroes" in society and the "darker places", telling stories of youth at risk, foreign workers, Jewish and Arab kids studying at the same school, the gay-lesbian community and single mothers. With a natural empathy for his subjects that transcends culture and mentality, he succeeds in touching the hearts of many all over the world. Tomer was the winner of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation 2006.

Amit Goren
April 13-15: 66 was a Good Year for Tourism, Another Land and Dear Edmund

The main themes in Amit Goren’s documentaries are immigration, identity and place. Goren’s films deal with the tension and alienation that exist between an individual and his sorroundings as well as with a constant search after identity. Goren’s personal biography dictates, to a great extent, this deep search in both the private and the national awareness. He left Israel with his family in 1966, when he was 9 years old, and studied film in New York. He returned to Israel as a young adult.

Proventus' engagement in the Jewish Theatre