Film series: Perspectives and consequences of Israel's occupation

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 23:00

A monthly series of early films by Amit Breuer, an Israeli filmmaker and producer

  •  Testimonies (1993)

  •  On The Edge Of Peace (1994)

  •  The Unpromised Land (1992)

  •  Checkpoint (2003)

Amit Breuer, in her long career, has shown great courage and willingness to use her films to take a critical look at how occupation of Palestinians and their land has affected Israeli society. Many of the films show their desperate struggle against a Jewish state which seeks to deny their presence and absent them from their land. Denying another's identity and dismissing history as is systematically done in Israel necessarily has damaging consequences to the apparent victor. With sensitivity and insight Breuer's films record the impact on occupied and occupier especially in the early 1990's when images of Israel's occupation had not yet appeared widely exposing its logic and brutality. Visit Amythos Media for list of films.

First in series: Testimonies (1993)
Drawing on intimate interviews with Israeli men doing military service during the First Intifada which erupted in 1987, this documentary lets former soldiers and commanders tell their shocking and often gruesome stories. One man, who seemingly wouldn't hurt a fly, confesses to killing 21 people. Another has the death of a baby on his conscience. One soldier compares his revelations to a public confession asking the world for forgiveness. When asked why he doesn't seek this in person from his victim, he gives no answer.

Shot between 1989 to 1991 during the middle years of the Palestinian Intifada, this is the first film to look at the implications of occupation on Israeli civil society and was selected as one of the curated top 10 at International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) 2009. With signs of an expected Third Intifada this powerful documentary helps to bring context to current events.

Testimonies | dir: Ido Sela | Israel | 1993 | 52 min | Hebrew with subtitles

Post-screening conversation and Q&A
With Amit Breuer and guest speaker Yehonatan Alsheh, a postdoctoral fellow in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the History department in the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa between 2011 and 2013. He wrote his PhD dissertation in the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. His book The Political History of South Africa was recently published in Hebrew.

More About Amit Breuer
Amit Breuer is a Toronto based, award winning documentary filmmaker, an innovative interactive media producer and a well known consultant to International digital co-productions. Through her company, Amythos Media, she has earned many accolades as well as international recognition for several outstanding projects. Her hard hitting, insightful, and sometimes controversial documentaries such as The Specialist, Checkpoint, Purity, Love Letters to the Future and The Guantanamo Trap.

She worked with well known documentarists like Eyal Sivan, Avi Mograbi, Simon Bitton, as well as emerging talents such as Yoav Shamir and Anat Zuria and has won over 50 awards from Best Documentary to Best Reporting in film festivals held in various countries including Canada, USA, Israel, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, France and The Czech Republic. For her considerable contributions to the genre, she was awarded the prestigious Israeli Arts Council Award in 2002.

In 2004 Breuer immigrated from Israel to Canada. Between 2006-2009 she co-programmed Voices Forward, an annual cultural event bringing together Toronto Palestinian/Israeli artists and filmmakers. She is regularly invited to speak and participate as a panelist at industry conferences with an international focus such as SXSW, Berlinale, Hot Docs, Dok Leipzig, IDFA, CPH Copenhagen and Docs North.

Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $5 donation (suggested minimum)
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.

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