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Father, which was included in 2001’s Venice Biennale, intersperses newsreel footage with staged scenes and home videos to form a fragmented, truncated narrative. The apparent theme is the importance of truth transmitted from father (Solomons) to child (his young, bright-eyed daughter). Yet what should be a simple moral lesson becomes, in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, a poignantly acute dilemma in that its metasubject is death--a reality so present that the father cannot shield his daughter from its inevitable surfacing.

 

Father focuses on patriarchy, in particular the distorted masculine aggression on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. A central image in Father is of a young Palestinian suicide bomber whose bomb is being defused by a sophisticated bomb disposal robot (previously used by the British in Northern Ireland). The images are taken from Israeli television news footage. In this particular instance when the bomb was defused the young Palestinian was overcome with emotion. His expression of gratitude to the Israeli forces was such that the Israeli media portrayed him as transformed from evil bomber into victim. Father points to the total confusion of human values that such conflicts engender.

 

Found on the compilation, "We are All Army," curated by Galit Eilat. The Israeli army is called the people’s army and part of the myth around its glory is the idea of solidarity between the army and the citizens - “We are all army.” This very basic militarism is unprecedented in a state that defines itself as a western democracy. The fact is that there is very little separation in Israel between civil society, the state, and its army...

Catalogue No. 468 , 180
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Catalogue No. 457
File: The Archive

Catalogue No. 930
File: Compilations

Terrorism         Animation         Gender         Israeli Palestinian relations         Family         Personal history         War 

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Father

Father, which was included in 2001’s Venice Biennale, intersperses newsreel footage with staged scenes and home videos to form a fragmented, truncated narrative. The apparent theme is the importance of truth transmitted from father (Solomons) to child (his young, bright-eyed daughter). Yet what should be a simple moral lesson becomes, in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, a poignantly acute dilemma in that its metasubject is death--a reality so present that the father cannot shield his daughter from its inevitable surfacing.

 

Father focuses on patriarchy, in particular the distorted masculine aggression on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. A central image in Father is of a young Palestinian suicide bomber whose bomb is being defused by a sophisticated bomb disposal robot (previously used by the British in Northern Ireland). The images are taken from Israeli television news footage. In this particular instance when the bomb was defused the young Palestinian was overcome with emotion. His expression of gratitude to the Israeli forces was such that the Israeli media portrayed him as transformed from evil bomber into victim. Father points to the total confusion of human values that such conflicts engender.

 

Found on the compilation, "We are All Army," curated by Galit Eilat. The Israeli army is called the people’s army and part of the myth around its glory is the idea of solidarity between the army and the citizens - “We are all army.” This very basic militarism is unprecedented in a state that defines itself as a western democracy. The fact is that there is very little separation in Israel between civil society, the state, and its army...

Catalogue No. 468 , 180
File: S

Catalogue No. 457
File: The Archive

Catalogue No. 930
File: Compilations

Terrorism         Animation         Gender         Israeli Palestinian relations         Family         Personal history         War 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

We are all Army