the net of people deeply affected by political violence
The documentary ’Behind The Intentions’ was selected by the London International Documentary Festival 09
Wednesday 25 March 2009
Screened : 15:00, Sunday 29 March 2009, at Renoir Cinema
Plus post-film discussion with: Adam Shatz, Dr. Moshe Behar, Director Ayelet Bargur.
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The Parents’ Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) brings together hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Set up in 1995, the forum is unique in trying to promote peace and reconciliation during an ongoing war by bringing together victims from both sides:
“We have chosen to convert the feelings of anger and revenge, helplessness and despair, into energies of hope and action, as messengers of a process of reconciliation. We who have paid the highest price possible, believe that empathy for the pain and needs of the other can generate a change in Israeli and Palestinian awareness and public opinion”
In 2006, the group began filming a series for television called “Good Intentions”. Based on the experiences of PCFF members, it was intended to be a fictional version of the conflict, showing ordinary Israeli and Palestinian families trying to live together in peace under the enormous daily stress of a region at war.
However, as families involved in the creation of the show are detained at Israeli checkpoints and the Israeli broadcasters begin to have concerns about transmission, this behind-the-scenes film shows how quickly fiction and reality can become entangled.
Director: Ayelet Bargur
Producer: Chaim Sharir
Cinematographer: Dudu Izchaki
Music: Misha Segal
Length: 49 minutes
Behind the Intentions Discussion:
Chair: Adam Shatz
Adam Shatz is at the London Review of Books. He has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa, and is the editor of Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Zionism and Israel.
Dr Moshe Behar
Pears Lecturer in Israeli and Middle Eastern StudiesInterests: The Arab-Israeli Conflict; Israeli Society, Politics and Culture; Middle Eastern Jews; the relational consolidation of Jewish and Arab nationalisms within a comparative framework.
Director: Ayelet Bargur
Ayelet Bargur graduated in the Camera Obscura School of Art (1996) in Film department, and has an MA Degree from Tel Aviv University (2008). Bargur participated in several significant International workshops: The DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm (Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD, 2003); Invited by the Academy of Arts in Berlin to the 7th International Summer Academy (2004); MFCB workshop (Mediterranean Film Crossing Borders), Cannes Film Festival, 2007 ; MFD (Meda Film Development) Workshop, Marrakesh 2008 (both supported by the the European Union).
In 1997 her graduation film A Good Place to Be was part of the official selection in the Short film Competition in the Cannes International Film Festival, and received several International prizes in Montpellier International Film Festival, Chicago, and Mexico. Since then she is directing Fiction and Documentary films. Her documentaries and feature films are presented in international film festivals around the world and were granted with various awards. Ayelet Bargur’s Documentary films: At the End of the Day (2000) ; Children of the Night ( 2001); A letter to A boy no Longer With us (2003) ; Day by Day (2004); Israeli in Berlin (2004); Intel Inside, Where? (2005); Behind the Intentions” (2008)- All reflect Israel from her personal point of view. Bargur’s Short feature film As if Nothing Happened (2000) received first prize at the Jerusalem International Film Festival; Nominated for Best Short Feature film in the Israeli Academy Award (2000). The Mixed genre film (Documentary and Fiction) The The House on August Street (2007) Based on her BOOK: Ahawah Heisst Liebe (published by DTV, Germany, 2006) won 2nd prize in the Haifa International Film Festival, The Grand Prix for Best Documentary in the European Prix Circom Award’s, and was Nominated for best Documentary film 2008 in the Israeli Academy Awards.
She is currently working on two other feature film screenplays:
BORDERLINE, in collaboration with screenwriter Noa-Berman Herzberg supported by The Israeli Film Fund; Participated in MFCB workshop (Mediterranean Film Crossing Borders), Cannes Film Festival, 2007; MFD (Meda Film Development) Workshop, Marrakesh 2008 (both supported by the European Union); Saving Mika, in collaboration with screenwriter Shlomit Lasky, received the Development Grant by The Israeli Film Fund (2008).
Bargur is living in Tel-Aviv, Teaching Film in Kibbutzim College of Education, The School of Arts, and Technology.
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