Acclaimed Israeli documentarian brought to the capital by Film Hub London’s Boost Award
Date posted: 10.06.2014
Open City Docs Fest returns for its fourth year with another impressive offering of inspiring and thought-provoking documentary films from around the world. Running from 18 – 22 June, the festival will feature a retrospective of Avi Mograbi, one of Israel’s most distinguished filmmakers, thanks to support from Film Hub London’s Boost Award.
The acclaimed documentarian and video artist will attend a Q&A session at each screening and will also discuss his working practice in a masterclass entitled ‘From Cinema to Video Art and Back Again’.
Where political filmmaking meets video art
Mograbi has made a range of experimental documentaries on his native Israel and is known for his commitment to social, cultural and political justice in the Middle East. He is actively involved in ‘Breaking the Silence’, an organisation of ex-soldiers dedicated to collecting testimonies about their service.
The retrospective will feature four feature-length documentaries, plus a special screening of one continuous shot extracted from his film August: A Moment Before the Eruption, which is slowed down to 5% of its original speed and used as a backdrop for a live musical performance.His work has appeared at festivals worldwide. Z32 received the Excellence Award at Yamagata Film Festival while Avenge But One of My Blue Eyes was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and received the Amnesty Award.
August: A Moment Before the Eruption – 8.30pm Wednesday 18 June, Hackney Picturehouse
Z32 – 8.30pm Thursday 19 June, The ICA
Avi Mograbi: The Details – 7.00pm Friday 20 June, Bloomsbury Theatre
Avenge But One of My Two Eyes – 9.00pm Friday 20 June, Bloomsbury Theatre
Avi Mograbi Masterclass – From Cinema to Video Art and Back Again – 1.30pm Saturday 21 June, Studio 2 (UCL)
Once I Entered A Garden – 6.00pm Saturday 21 June, Birkbeck Cinema
Film Hub London’s Boost Award
The Boost Award is a Film Hub London initiative aimed at enabling exhibitors to broaden their programming and increase opportunities for audience engagement. Awards of up to £3,000 are given to organisations partnering with at least two other Film Hub London members to showcase rare or unseen film, or secure talent to support an event or screening. The current round of the Boost Award is now closed. Sign up to the exhibitors’ newsletter here for updates on when the next round will open.