Avenge but One of My Two Eyes | Chicago Reader

Avenge but One of My Two Eyes

This provocative 2005 essay film by Israeli peace activist Avi Mograbi considers how ancient history informs the current struggle between Israel and the Palestinians. In a classroom, Israeli children study the biblical story of Samson, who sacrificed himself to kill enemy Philistines; at the ruins of the Masada fortress, tourists remember the mass suicide of a thousand Jewish Zealots besieged by the Romans. But some well-read Israeli visitors debunk the Zealots' heroism, throwing the Masada mythos into bolder relief. Interwoven with these scenes are Mograbi's soul-searching phone conversations with a despairing Palestinian friend whose life under occupation gives him a different perspective on suicide and resistance. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic. 107 min.


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