International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Thursday 5 November, 7:00 PM


Avi Mograbi
France/Israel, 2008, 81 min.
In Hebrew with English subtitles
Winner, Non-Fiction/Documentary Award,
Gijón International Film Festival 2008
A part of Land and Conflict Program
Canadian Premiere

A self-described "musical documentary tragedy", Z32 probes the guilt haunting an Israeli solider who partook in a covert revenge operation against the Palestinians. Through the use of digitized masks, Mograbi allows the film to function as a confessional for the anonymous soldier. The incongruity between the soldier's adrenaline-driven experience of combat and his ensuing guilt as a civilian looking back upon the deed is explored as he relates his story to his girlfriend. His girlfriend is then asked to retell his experience as if it were her own, as she attempts to digest the distressing thought that she is dating a murderer. Punctuating the testimony with a Greek chorus-like ensemble is Mograbi himself, cutting the intensity but by no means the affect of the emotional confession by singing out his own ambivalence towards his subject in a self-aware and ironic fashion.

Inventive, insightful, and deeply affecting, Z32 presents the irreconcilable rift between an alarming testimony and its artistic representation. The title Z32 is taken from the case number assigned to the testimony by Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israeli veterans dedicated to collecting testimonies from soldiers who have served in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Director's Biography:
Avi Mograbi

Controversial filmmaker Avi Mograbi's internationally celebrated works are known for their playfulness and innovative employment of filmic language. Mograbi is actively involved in Breaking the Silence, and is dedicated to creating politically-driven films. In 1989, his short film Deportation catapulted his career into the international spotlight. He followed up with How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Arik Sharon (1997) and Happy Birthday Mr. Mograbi (1999), Will You Please Stop Bothering Me and My Family (2000), Wait, It's the Soliders, I'll Hang Up Now (2002), Detail (2004), Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2005), among others.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors