The Films of Amos Gitai: A Retrospective
Amos Gitai is an Israeli auteur filmmaker, known for his documentaries and feature films surrounding the Middle East and Jewish-Arab conflict. Between 1999 and 2011, seven of his films received entry into the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award and the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Award.
The Bophana Center this month is pleased to present 6 films from this distinguished filmmaker. We would like to express our thanks to him for giving us the permission to organize this screening.
Monday 17, November 6:30pm
HOUSE, 1981, 50min, Original version with English subtitles
A story of a house in Jerusalem abandoned by its owner in 1948. Requisitioned by the Israeli government under the Act and left absent, a Jewish family from Algeria, sell the house to a university professor who commences renovations.
Tuesday 18, November 6:30pm
A HOUSE IN JERUSELUM, 1998, 90mn, Original version with English subtitles
Eighteen years after ‘House’, Amos Gitai returns to the scene of his first film; observing the changes in the new residents and the neighborhood.
Wednesday 19, November; 6:30pm
WADI TEN YEARS AFTER, 1981, 97min, Original version with English subtitles
Amos Gitai in 1980 makes a film that follows the lives of three immigrant families who return to Wadi, a valley in the east of Haifa, Israel, ten years after leaving.
Thursday 20, November 6:30pm
WADI GRAND CANYON, 2001, 86mn, Original version with English subtitles
In 2001, twenty years after his first visit, Amos Gitai returned again to Wadi, to find it now completely destroyed.
Friday 21, November 6:30pm
FIELD DIARY, 1982, 74mn, Original version with English subtitles
Violence against Palestinians is legitimized when it concerns property and their existence as people.
Saturday 22, November 2:30pm
ARENA Of MURDER, 1996, 80mn, Original version with English subtitles
After the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Amos Gitai goes on a journey through his country seeking to trace the event.