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Cinema at War

Cinema at War at 01.07.2010

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Thursday jul 1st

Beit Avi Chai presents "Cinema at War": A series of lectures.

Since the establishment of the state, war has been a central theme of Israeli films. What is the role of cinema in a country in a constant state of war? What social changes are reflected in cinematic activity? How has the portrayal of soldiers changed, and what ever happened to the myth of heroism?

A five-part series with filmmakers and scholars on depictions of war in Israeli films and the power of the cinematic medium.
Each session will include film clips.

Host: Dr. Shmuel Duvdevani, Tel Aviv University, film critic for Ynet

Part 1: Lebanon and Post-Traumatic Stress

• Thursday, July 1, 8 PM
Why is the trauma of Lebanon reaching the screen only 20 years after it happened? How has the image of war changed over the years? Can we find similarities between filmmakers?
With Prof. Judd Ne'eman and director Samuel Maoz

Part 2: The War at Home

• Thursday, July 8, 8 PM
The Gulf War was a turning point at which the war moved from the front lines into our homes. How is the change reflected in Israeli films?
With Dr. Odeya Kohen Raz and filmmaker David Ofek

Part 3: Man, Woman, War

• Thursday, July 15, 8 PM
How are men and women portrayed differently in Israeli cinema? From the image of the female pioneer and the male sabra in the Palmah until today.
With Dr. Yael Munk and filmmaker Uri Barbash

Part 4: The Enemy on the Battlefield

• Thursday, July 22, 8 PM
How is the Arab enemy depicted in war films? As a remote character lacking any identity or as a human being who evokes empathy?
With film scholar and director Nissim Dayan and director Nurit Kedar

Part 5: Not by Death Alone

• Thursday, July 29, 8 PM
How was the ethos of heroism constructed in Israeli cinema, and how much importance is given to death and bereavement in it?
With screenwriter and director Avi Nesher and political psychologist Dr. Udi Label

Admission: NIS 30; students: NIS 20; NIS 120 for the series

This is a Hebrew-language only event.


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