August

Avi Mograbi's 2002 video flirts with self-indulgence while using black humor to portray Israel in a state of schizophrenic collapse on the eve of the current intifada. Combining footage of his home life with documentary footage from the streets (where citizens and police challenge his right to film), Mograbi elucidates his hatred for the “scorching” month of August (and then, posing as his wife with a pink towel around his head, expresses her love for it). He subsequently shows us Jewish children who call for “stinking Arabs” to be burned out of their homes, and actresses auditioning for the role of the wife of Baruch Goldstein (perpetrator of the 1994 Hebron massacre of 29 Muslims) by reenacting her televised demand for the return of her husband's pistol. Opening and closing with scenes of national leaders, Mograbi depicts Israeli politics as a theater of the absurd. In Hebrew with subtitles. 72 min.

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