Avi Mograbi decides to start a theater workshop in a detention center located in the Israeli desert near the Egyptian border, which holds people from Eritrea and Sudan, immigrants who aren’t able to return to their countries and don’t have a future in Israel.
Theater director Chen Alon brings back the precepts of Augusto Boal and hi so-called Theater of the Oppressed, and organizes a series of workshops at the Holot Detention Center with the participation of refugees coming from Eritrea and Sudan. The members of this company –empty, inert bodies with no legal status under Israeli legislation– find in the rehearsals a way of maintaining their identity and recover the itinerary of their lives. Oral narration, gestures, and, in the end, music will then become areas of resistance and self-affirmation against barbaric forces and nonsense. Avi Mograbi tones down his usual taste for satire and self-reference and delivers us one of the most generous and extremely emotional films of his career. FG
D, G, E: Avi Mograbi F: Philippe Belleaiche DA: Chen Alon S: Dominique Vieillard P: Camille Laemlé, Serge Lalou, Avi Mograbi CP: Les Films D’ici, Avi Mograbi Films
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He was born in Israel in 1956. He studied philosophy and art, and directed several documentary films, including August: A Moment Before the Eruption (2002), Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2005) and Z32 (2008; Bafici ‘09).