AVI MOGRABI - AVENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES (200)
Seen by many as Avi’s quintessential film, Avenge But One of My Two Eyes, distills many of the themes and filmic approaches that Avi has been using consistently over the years. Amongst these is the way that, in order to represent the Israel-Palestine conflict, Avi oftentimes turns his attention away from the geo-political dimension of ‘official history’ to immerse himself in those aspects of the conflict that often get obscured and lost. In this film the daily insidious and arbitrary wielding of a ‘power-over’ is depicted in such a way that the plight of‘ordinary’ people is raised to the scale of the big screen. Avi is both vociferously present and detachedly absent at these ‘minor’ incursions against dignity as well as at the ancient fort of Masada, where tourists and holidaymakers are more or less being subjected to a barrage of emotive story telling. This juxtaposition is further enhanced by a third main element which, like the scenes shot at Masada, is also interwoven into the film’s fabric: Avi’s phone conversation with his friend, the actor Shredy Jabarin, wards off the pitfalls of a didactic approach with its tragi-comic tenor. As the fortified Hummer prowls like a disorientated beetle we know that somewhere a humiliated people are, in Shredy’s words, “angry to death”.