How I Learned to Overcome my fear And Love Arik Sharon

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How I Learned to Overcome my fear And Love Arik Sharon

As the elections approach, director Avi Mograbi sets out to make a  documentary film about Israel’s most maligned politician, Arik Sharon.  Sharon, a figure admired by many, is a legendary warrior and officer.  Mograbi, who was a conscientious objector to the Lebanon War, has  personal issues with Sharon, the mastermind of that war. Nevertheless,  while making the film, he discovers that Sharon is warm and friendly and  completely different from the man he thought him to be. As the  elections approach, Mograbi sets aside his left-wing sentiments. In a  surreal scene he finds himself dancing with the ultra-Orthodox Breslaver Hassidim and singing songs supporting Bibi Netanyahu. This is the story  of the impossible encounter between right and left in the reality of  contemporary Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

Edinburgh International Film Festival Festival, Scotland, 1997; Des Films Du Monde, Montreal, Canada, 1997; Sidney Film Festival, Australia, 1997; Etats Generaux du Film Documentaire, Lussas, France, 1997; Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, UK, 1997; 7e Semaine Internationale de Video, Geneva, Switzerland, 1997; Pesaro Film Festival, Italy, 1997; Festival of New Film and Video Split, Hungary, 1997; Rio-cine Festival, Brazil, 1997; Fictions du Reel, Marseille, France, 1997; The Film Center, Chicago, USA, 1998; Transmediale Video Fest, Berlin, Germany, 1998; Uruguay International Film Festival, 1998; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998;  London Jewish Film Festival, UK, 1998; The Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Cleveland Israeli & Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Tucson Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Portland Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Maine Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Seattle Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Athens (OH) International Film & Video Festival, USA, 1998; Locarno VideoArt Festival, Switzerland, 1998; Le Cinema de Trafic - Jeu de Paume Gallery Paris, France, 1998; Videonale - Bonn, Germany, 1998; Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, Germany, 1998; Buenos Aires de Cine Independiente, Argentina, 1998; MedFilm Festival – Roma, Italy, 1998

Director: Avi Mograbi

Producer: Avi Mograbi

Production Company: Avi Mograbi Films

Cinematographer: Ron Katznelson, Yoav Gurfinkel, Ran Carmeli, Ronen, Schechner

Editor: Avi Mograbi

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Israeli Council for Culture and Arts

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: איך הפסקתי לפחד ולמדתי לאהוב את אריק שרון

As the elections approach, director Avi Mograbi sets out to make a  documentary film about Israel’s most maligned politician, Arik Sharon.  Sharon, a figure admired by many, is a legendary warrior and officer.  Mograbi, who was a conscientious objector to the Lebanon War, has  personal issues with Sharon, the mastermind of that war. Nevertheless,  while making the film, he discovers that Sharon is warm and friendly and  completely different from the man he thought him to be. As the  elections approach, Mograbi sets aside his left-wing sentiments. In a  surreal scene he finds himself dancing with the ultra-Orthodox Breslaver Hassidim and singing songs supporting Bibi Netanyahu. This is the story  of the impossible encounter between right and left in the reality of  contemporary Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

Edinburgh International Film Festival Festival, Scotland, 1997; Des Films Du Monde, Montreal, Canada, 1997; Sidney Film Festival, Australia, 1997; Etats Generaux du Film Documentaire, Lussas, France, 1997; Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, UK, 1997; 7e Semaine Internationale de Video, Geneva, Switzerland, 1997; Pesaro Film Festival, Italy, 1997; Festival of New Film and Video Split, Hungary, 1997; Rio-cine Festival, Brazil, 1997; Fictions du Reel, Marseille, France, 1997; The Film Center, Chicago, USA, 1998; Transmediale Video Fest, Berlin, Germany, 1998; Uruguay International Film Festival, 1998; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998;  London Jewish Film Festival, UK, 1998; The Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Cleveland Israeli & Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Tucson Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Portland Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Maine Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Seattle Jewish Film Festival, USA, 1998; Athens (OH) International Film & Video Festival, USA, 1998; Locarno VideoArt Festival, Switzerland, 1998; Le Cinema de Trafic - Jeu de Paume Gallery Paris, France, 1998; Videonale - Bonn, Germany, 1998; Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, Germany, 1998; Buenos Aires de Cine Independiente, Argentina, 1998; MedFilm Festival – Roma, Italy, 1998

Director: Avi Mograbi

Producer: Avi Mograbi

Production Company: Avi Mograbi Films

Cinematographer: Ron Katznelson, Yoav Gurfinkel, Ran Carmeli, Ronen, Schechner

Editor: Avi Mograbi

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Israeli Council for Culture and Arts

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: איך הפסקתי לפחד ולמדתי לאהוב את אריק שרון

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