Interview with Avi Mograbi : "Once I Entered a Garden", 2013
at Vision du Reel / Nyon
by Dieter Wieczorek
"Once I Entered a Garden", France, Israel, Switzerland / 2012 / 97 min.
A moving and personal take on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from Israel’s foremost documentarian.
A wry, playful reflection on the emotional consequences of a political situation, centred around a revealing series of intimate conversations between the Israeli filmmaker and his Palestinian ex-Arabic teacher and longtime friend. An exchange of shared and separate histories, perfectly underscored by and intercut with achingly beautiful letters to a love lost across the divide, read by a woman over evocative super 8 footage of modern-day Beirut.
How you would describe your development? Have your of perceptions,
your interests or questions changed?
Hope is one of the main subject of your film. The daughter of your
Arabic friend Ali
can be seen as a representant of hope. But also your relation with
him, the dialog…
How you imagine the future of the Palestinian-Israelian conflict?
How you react on the main thesis of Yotam Feldman’s here in Nyon presented
documentary “HaMaaada”, which states, that Israel never can be agree
in peace, because its weapon production and exportation of around 7
Billion Dollars is an essencial part of the State budget and a
necessity for Israels
economical survival? The business is successful, because the clients
from all over the world want experimented and proved weapons, which
has been used with efficacity....
What kind of reaction you would like to provoke with your film?