THE HEBREWS: The Raven – Ze’ev Jabotinsky
dir. Ayelet Ofarim, producer Yair Qedar, Israel 2015, 60 min, documentary, bio
The Raven is a touching and exciting portrait of one of Israel’s most contradictory figures. Born in Odessa, Jabotinsky was a brilliant writer and passionate spokesperson for Russia’s ethnic minorities. Eventually refocusing his energies and skills to the Zionist cause, he established the controversial Revisionist Party. While Jabotinsky is often memorialized as a key founder of the Israeli far right, director Ayelet Ofarim presents a more complex portrait of his dynamic life and character, complementing readings stunning animation and wonderful narration.
Q&A with producer Yair Qedar. Moderated by Lihi Nagler
Yair Qedar is an Israeli filmmaker and a civil-rights activist. His academic training on 20th-century Hebrew literature (Tel Aviv University), propelled him into to The Hebrews — a documentary project on the Hebrew and Jewish literary canon, centered on filmic portraits of Hebrew writers from the 17 century to recent days. 14 feature length documentary films were made in the project so far. The documentary films which Qedar produced - and directed with other 10 Israeli film directors - all premiered in film festivals, aired on Israeli TV, circulated far and wide in hundreds of cinemas, cinematheques, community and cultural centers, in Israel and around the world.
Dr. Lihi Nagler is a film scholar affiliated with the Department of Literature, Art & Linguistics at The Open University of Israel. She serves as a curator at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.