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It's About Time

A cross section of contemporary Israelis ponder the paradoxes of time in this utterly delightful and inventive 2001 documentary by Ayelet Menahemi and Elona Ariel. All the interviewees seem to agree that in Israel, whose birth was unexpected and whose history is measured by wars, time is experienced differently than in other cultures. Yet each person has his own peculiar take on the subject, told to the beat of a jazz quartet, and the filmmakers use the medium (flashbacks, slow motion, fast motion) to playfully demonstrate the elasticity of time. By airing a diversity of opinions that nonetheless dovetails on the topic at hand, the film says more about Israeli culture than one might expect. In Hebrew with subtitles. 54 min.

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