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.