Israeli Filmmaker Amos Gitai Bringing Argentina Jewish Center Attack to Silver Screen

Film to be based on Argentinian special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who accused Iran of sponsoring the attack.

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Jewish men looking on as rescuers sift through the rubble at the site of a car-bombing at the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 18, 1994.Credit: Bloomberg

Award-winning Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai is preparing a film about the AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires.

The Brazilian production company Prana Films will produce the movie based on the 1994 bombing attack on the center that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded.

One venue will be the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este, which shares a border with Argentina and Brazil. The terrorist organization Hezbollah reportedly is active in the city, according to intelligence sources.

Argentinian actor Ricardo Darin and French actress Juliette Binoche reportedly have expressed interest and received an updated script for a film with an expected budget of $3.5 million.

The film will be based on Argentinian special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who is investigating the bombing. Nisman has accused Iran of sponsoring the attack and declared unconstitutional his country’s memorandum of understanding with Iran to jointly investigate the deadly attack.

Gitai, who has won awards for his films at the prestigious Cannes and Venice festivals, said the AMIA film “is a story about relationships, about how the attack affected the community and what is happening in Latin America with the law.”

He told the La Nacion newspaper in Paris that his partners had looked for financial support from Argentina but did not find any interest.

“I think it is because of the economic situation there,” he told an Argentine newspaper in an interview from Paris.

Gitai has written many films based on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Amos Gitai at the Munio Gitai Weinraub Museum of Architecture in Haifa.Credit: Moti Milrod

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