A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
Inspired by ‘Letter to a German Friend’ by Albert Camus, the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai puts together a performance-based conflict at the Israel-Gaza border which makes one wonder--can words heal? A politically-charged piece, Gitai means to initiate a dialogue about finding peace and building relationships between citizens of warring countries.
Why Watch A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
In his collections of essays, Resistance, Rebellion and Death, of which Letters to a German Friend was one, Camus writes “And despite the clamors and the violence, we tried to preserve in our hearts the memory of a happy sea, of a remembered hill, the smile of a beloved face.”
These words are meant to be a reminder of the humanity that exists amidst times of terrible violence and agitation. With A Letter to a Friend in Gaza, Gitai brings together poetry, music, and footage from his documentary of the same name, addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via conversations between people who’re living through it. Poetic but not straying away from the grating nature of the conflict, Gitai’s piece is sure to leave an impact on you.
The multi-award-winning Amos Gitai has been making films, theatre and video installations for nearly forty years, his works having been presented in several major retrospectives in Pompidou Center Paris, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, Lincoln Center New York, and the British Film Institute London. Today, he has created over 90 pieces of art and has had 10 of his films screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Four actors - two Palestinian and two Israeli – sit at a long table, reading each other poems, letters, and writings by Palestinian and Israeli writers and intelligentsia such as Mahmoud Darwish, S. Yizhar and Emile Habibi. They are placed against a backdrop of news and archive footage and feeds from the on-stage cameras, interwoven with a soundtrack from live musicians.
Teen and Adult Audiences | Fans of Amos Gitai | Followers of the Gaza conflict
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