|Video grab from “Watching the Moon at Night”|
It’s a fine, made-for-TV documentary film the leading US Holocaust scholar described as “an intellectually informative, visually compelling, emotionally moving and highly disturbing exploration of the phenomena of terrorism in our time”.
The film’s co-director, the acclaimed Swedish film-maker Bo Persson, will be the special guest at two Israeli screenings during November.
Tel Aviv Cinematheque: Wednesday November 8, 2017 – screening at 9:00 pm in Cinema 4 | The Tel Aviv Cinematheque is at Shprinzak 2, Tel Aviv | Purchasing tickets online via the Tel Aviv Cinematheque online booking screen is not the simplest process. It’s here: https://cintlv.pres.ws/eWeb/event/4416/1/seatplan/# | If you run into problems, call the box office on 03-606-0800 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerusalem Cinematheque: Monday November 13, 2017 – screening at 7:00 pm | The Jerusalem Cinematheque is at Derech Hevron 11, Jerusalem | To purchase tickets online, click here | Tickets can also be bought by phone on 02-565-4333, or dial *9377 | They offer this email address: email@example.com
The film was shown last year in the European Parliament and the Swedish parliament, at manyinternational film festivals and in front of audiences in the United States and Europe. But it won’t be shown to Swedish television viewers because of some outrageous politically-motivated manipulation.
|The film-makers [Image Source]|
Filmed in six countries, “Watching the Moon at Night” juxtaposes contemporary terrorism, anti-Semitism and the experiences of their victims with the articulate – and often very moving – views of noted experts in these fields. Its examination of these powerful themes goes far beyond the stereotypes.
Persson and his creative partner Joanna Helander co-directed the film which was produced by with support from Sweden’s Film i Väst and the .
The late French writer and philosopher André Glucksmann, the late historian of anti-Semitism, Robert S. Wistrich, and the eminent historian Walter Laqueur, who left his native Breslau for Palestine on the day before Kristallnacht 1938 and is one of the inspirations behind the production, are among the film’s pre-eminent on-screen commentators. Arnold Roth, whose daughter was murdered in the Hamas attack on the Jerusalem Sbarro in 2001, and Dan Alon, one of the surviving Israeli athletes from the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, are important voices in the film.
It also incorporates personal experiences of terror victims from Algeria, Spain, France, Moscow, Israel, New York, Colombia, Munich, Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
Creative camerawork, inspiring music and Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, who reads her own poetry in the film all add to the “personal and emotional” perspective, as Agnieszka Holland, chair of the European Film Academy, described it. She called it a production that “shows the common ground shared by victims the world over and the similarities between the perpetrators. In the film, there is no simplifying thesis, no ‘political correctness’… The film truly makes you think.”
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- 22-Jul-16: Heavy-handed Swedish efforts to silence an important documentary on terrorism and antisemitism
- 21-Jun-16: An important documentary film on terrorism and antisemitism and the Swedish effort to silence it
- 28-Mar-16: Upcoming premiere screenings (NYC, Washington) of an important documentary on terrorism and antisemitism
- 13-Jan-15: Terrorism: watching its victims, trying to understand their experiences