A marvellous piece of collaborative cinema from a constantly inventive filmmaker (even if, it must be said, this is Chen Alon's project more than Mograbi's). The workshopped scenes, for all their artifice, give a vivid insight into the experiences of the refugees, who are all given their dues. It's but a tiny corrective to injustice but admirable nonetheless.
There are many documentaries about refugees nowadays, but this one is a little bit different. It is not only about the people's stories. It shows real humans, how they can be artistic, emphatic, cooperating, tolerant. How they understand their tragic situation and their helplessness.
This film provides a platform to those who are typically not allowed one in order for them to tell their stories. The methods in which these stories are communicated underline the power of performance to give a voice to the voiceless. However, there are moments when the filmmakers' voices overshadow the subjects', weakening some of the agency they might have been afforded by this project.
Powerful film and heart-warming attempt, allowing us to have another look into the situation of asylum seekers. Like particularly the game in which people held hands together and got entangled, or the scenes in which people played reversed role. Reminds me of "Caesar must die" of the Taviani brothers.
"Generally considered the most fiercely independent of Israeli filmmakers, documentarist Avi Mograbireturns to dance over the guilty consciences of his fellow countrymen, this time for the way they treat the African refugees pouring in their country over the last decade...these refugees risk their lives in the search for shelter from the atrocities perpetrated in their own countries": http://tinyurl.com/kuptk8b
Avi Mograbi found a way to give both the audience and the refugees a break, and time to heal. I dislike how neutral or distant docs about refugees and immigrants are lauded (see: Fire at Sea). This is a doc that never forgets about the human beings involved, and even helps them in the process.
An interesting way to look at the plight of African asylum-seekers,showing them in roleplaying situations - in what is known as "Theatre Of The Oppressed" - which helps to illustrate the reasons why people leave their homes,the problems they face on their journeys,and the attitudes that they encounter. It's not entirely successful,but it's certainly an admirable attempt to show a major problem from a different angle.
A discussion about refugees through a very original and humane initiative. The expressiveness of art is the vehicle to evoke this humble allegation, one that implies rather than reveals with no enough teeth to make a serious mark. Ironically the jailer and gatekeeper in this case is the historically persecuted people of Abraham, those eternally fleeing who once had to cross the Red Sea to avoid death themselves.
Kind of an odd premise in this documentary, but one that is done with good intentions. It always feels weird watching theatrics on film. Loses a bit of its "live" impact when you see it performed for the camera. Especially the exercises. Borders on looking pretentious, when I know it's not. So it might be something better viewed in person.
Taking place in the crisis of refugees in Israel coming from Africa, this documentary captures the stories of these struggling people and why they left their country. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to get a glimpse of real world struggles, yet this film still has a lacks a true in depth look of what it truly means to comprehend the issues at large, which could have added heart to the film.
This is excellent, because of the subject, because of the way the subject is handled and because of the fact nobody talks about it. But Avi Morabi also manages to evolve from his slightly teenage "myself and I" documentaries to a real piece of cinema, with creative self referential piques and a seams visible approach. And it really works.
An original take on depicting life as an African refugee in Israel. It breaks conventional film making by letting the camera crew interact with the people on camera. The refugees are not only shown to be afflicted, but are also seen to be hopeful and enduring in their time in Holot. While the documentary does show different aspects of the misunderstood refugees, it does not delve deep enough into the problem at hand.
If you remember the shock of Rouch's "Les maîtres fous", you might be desappointed by this act of improvisation and catharsis through acting. Nevertheless refreshing and adressing a very actual topic. The migrants are touching, sometimes funny, and have a great distance with what happens to them.