Director: Tomer Heymann
2015, Israel-Suedia-Germania-Olanda, 100 min
Festivals: BFI Londra 2015, IDFA 2015, SXSW 2016, HOTDOCS 2016
One of Israel’s national heroes is a choreographer: Ohad Naharin, the leader of the famous Batsheva dance company in Tel Aviv, also known more recently as the leader of a body liberation movement, Gaga. Almost physically energetic, Naharin’s story goes from the kibbutz to New York and then back to Israel, where Naharin plays the double role of national hero and dissident artist, a public figure as fascinating as it is closed and difficult to comprehend. Thus, this documentary ends up being a meditation on masculinity and the militarism the dominates contemporary Israeli culture, about the tension between art and power, and about the relationship between high culture and the broader public.
Sunday, October 8th, 19:30, Cinema Arta