Otherfield are excited to announce that this year’s special guest is Avi Mograbi. After studying philosophy and art in Tel Aviv, Avi turned to filmmaking in the late 80s and cast his lens over the conflicts and contradictions of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. His body of work figures as a dispatch from the front lines of a war zone and is anything but the work of a dispassionate and uninvolved observer. As he said in a recent interview: I have been politically engaged on various causes since I was a teenager, and many of my films deal with my own political devastation.
Avi’s philosophical and artistic background has led him to trouble the boundaries of documentary film making with a playful reflexivity and a patience that sees his films unfolding at their own pace and with their own idiosyncratic ethos. As he said back in 2007: all my films are based on subjects that I am involved in and trouble me. I do not think I should become less active because I film. I try not to impose rules on my behaviour. So when I am driven to react, I do, but the personality on film is not me. I use my presence, but those dilemmas are not exactly my dilemmas. In dealing with those dilemmas, I deal with the subject. If some people see themselves as a fly on the wall, I see myself as a fly in the soup!
Anybody who knows Avi’s films will need no further encouragement to spend a weekend in his company. Anybody who does not, should prepare to be amazed by the wit, anger, compassion and bravery behind his extraordinary body of work.
We will be showing: Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2008) Between Fences (2016)
With a burgeoning filmography behind him Paweł Łoziński, whose early ‘90s films tackle the traumas of Polish history, has become well known as the creator of ‘non-action’, intimate films that do not simply document the lives of so-called ordinary people but seek the complexities and singularities within them.
We will be showing: You Don't Know How Much I Love You (2016)