Tel Aviv's documentary film festival travels to Israel's north
Thirty films, 20 of them Israeli, will be screened at the 5-day festival in the Galilee; 'Undefeated,' which won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary, to be screened there.
The DocAviv Galil 2012 festival beginning in Ma'alot-Tarshiha on November 26 will feature an episode from an autobiographical miniseries about Assi Dayan and films about the Mashina rock band and author-director Etgar Keret, as part of the many scheduled gala screenings.
Altogether, 30 films, 20 of them Israeli, will be screened at the five-day festival, being held for the fourth year by the Tel Aviv DocAviv festival management and the Ma'alot-Tarshiha municipality.
The festival also offers a study day centering on the question "is it possible to create films far away from the center?" and two photography exhibitions by Israel Prize laureate and Haaretz photographer Alex Levac.
One of the films at the festival will be "Alex in Wonderland," a portrait of Levac from the series "Culture Heroes" directed by Uri Sivan.
Another gala screening at the festival will be an episode from "Life as a Rumor," an autobiographical miniseries on the life of Assi Dayan, directed by Adi Arbel and Moish Goldberg. The series narrates Dayan's life from his childhood in Nahalal to a prison cell in Abu Kabir, from "He Walked in the Fields" (1967 ) to modern TV hit "In Treatment." The documentary series is based on archival material including movie clips, newsreels, stills and television reports.
The film "Etgar Keret - What Animal Are You," also from the "Culture Heroes" series, shows director Gur Bentwich accompanying his friend Keret for a week of literary events and surreal meetings in New York.
Also to be screened is "Undefeated," which won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary. The film follows the soccer team of Manassas High School in North Memphis as it struggles to rise from the bottom of the league until a new coach volunteers to help it. Other films include "Dirty Laundry," in which director Yael Sherer openly calls her father, who sexually abused her, to account.