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Israeli Filmmakers Underscore Tragedy of Conflict with Palestine

Two award winning short films by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv that every person should watch.

Scene from the movie short 'Strangers'
Scene from the movie short 'Strangers'

(TEL-AVIV / SALEM) - Two young Writer/Directors from Israel have been captivating audiences in recent years with their extremely creative look at the barriers separating the young people of Israel and Palestine.

Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv of Tel-Aviv Israel, graduated together from "Camera Obscurs Film School Tel-Aviv". They recently Made "Strangers", an unforgettable seven minute drama for 20th century Fox Searchlight. "Strangers" was accepted to the short competition at Sundance Film Festival 2004, and to the Berlin Film Festival's Panorama Competition.

The "Guardian" wrote: "mesmerising short fiction. Crackling with tension, conveyed through deft cutting and beautifully smeary, subterranean close-ups, this mini-thriller eschews dialogue in favour of eloquent, heart-thumping images. Worth the price of admission all on its own, frankly."

Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv have finished writing their first personal feature script "The son of god". A story about a 78-year old Holocaust survivor that goes on a "roots journey" with his religious Jewish son to snowy Poland to search after a magician.

Their two short movies Moosh & Mabul won over 40 international film festivals awards including: Berlin Film Festival - "Crystal Bear" award, "World fest" in Houston, Palm springs, Mexico, Dawson City in Canada, Durango Colorado, Santiago de Chile and many more.

I recently discovered the work of this talented pair, and it is interesting to see Israeli filmmakers looking at the Palestine/Israel conflict in a way that magnifies the tragedy and loss, while underscoring how pointless it is for the Jews and Arabs to be on opposing sides in the first place.

Here is the seven minute film, 'Strangers'

Another short film, Offside, is the second short film in the trilogy by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv that is based on the Middle East conflict.

They describe this short as a follow-up to their last short film Strangers, Offside was shot in Israel, during September 2005, in the security zone that separates Israel from the Palestine Authority.

Here is the short film, 'Offside'

References:

HAARETZ.com: Act naturally and fall in love - By Nirit Anderman

IMDB Awards for 'Strangers'2004'

Sundance: 'Strangers' World Dramatic

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arabmuslim November 8, 2010 10:00 am (Pacific time)

There is no state called Israel. State of thieves called Israel a basis of the displacement and killing of Innocent nation . state of thieves basis bloodshed and war And the arrest of people for tens of years to prevent him from claiming The right to life . basis steal the land of the Palestinian people And then steal the land of the Arab-Muslim the entire .State of the thieves do not know the law ..... Does not recognize the law of the United Nations, a state that considers itself above the law . the law is the siege of Gaza And the bloodshed and destruction of houses and killing innocent people and occupying the country This is a country named Israel thieves


ARAB MUSLIM October 16, 2010 5:21 am (Pacific time)

The reasons for Arab-Israeli conflict is the occupation of Palestine in 1948. Palestine Arab Islamic state like the rest of the Arab and Islamic states surrounding Them. Means that there are Jews and Zionists in Palestine a big mistake, because this entity Zionist is not consistent with the surrounding area (such as language, customs, traditions and religion) The only solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is the expulsion of Jews from Palestine All of Palestine. The Jewish people will not rest and will not feel comfortable and stability But if it gets out of Palestine and the Middle East completely. If people continue to Jews in Palestine and the Middle East, the death and destruction will continue. Palestine Arab Islamic state and will remain


tiffany and co July 26, 2010 12:59 am (Pacific time)

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas,tiffany and co


tiffany and co July 22, 2010 7:18 pm (Pacific time)

Great movies, the first one looked just like the subway (tube) from Haifa. I find it ironic that there are Jews that decide to convert themselves to Nazi's, considering the past history of what the Germans did to the jews back in WW2. I some times wonder what there parents must think having dysfunctional kids that decide to choose that path?!. The second movie..well I almost thought that Brazil "almost" did something constructive in the world, by bringing two opposite faction together, rather than destroying the environment, and being extremely rude and arrogant towards the rest of the world, due to there arrogance of thinking they are the best, most beautiful people in the world. Keep doing what you do best, play football, and save yourself from your blind arrogance, due to your deep down inferior complex. Leave the important issues to the rest of the world, that show interest and concerns to countries that have more concerning issues, than vagueness and arrogance. Respect to the young growing film makers of Israel. It is great to see a less restraining culture now, towards the young Israelis that have decided to express there themselves in such a diverse open minded way.tiffany and co


Dexter February 18, 2010 2:23 pm (Pacific time)

If you are confused about the Brazilian comment, just listen to the football match on there little radio on the second video. It has Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, a very well known Brazilian football player playing against another team. From the sounds of it, it was from the FIFA world cup series.


dexter February 18, 2010 1:35 pm (Pacific time)

"Bigoted"? it's amazing how red wine can create such a behaviour in me at 4 in the morning, blame the maker of the wine, not me. Hay wait, that sounds like "bigoted as well". Ah well, I was only stating the facts from my experience in life. I think my comments were truthful and fair, although I did sway off the mark a bit when I decided to use those stories as an excuse to rant and rave about the Brazilians. Like I said, what good has come out of that country that makes them behave in such an vain arrogant way?!. I feel like the need to go to your back yard now gp, and decided to chop down all your trees, and render your whole area as a high risk polluted zone. How about I throw in some corrupt police over there for good measures. Then you can spend the rest of your retirement paying them off, every time you want to go somewhere , or do something. Sounds familiar?, mmm obrigado Brazil.


gp February 18, 2010 9:23 am (Pacific time)

sorry that the Mr. Dexter had to make such a back handed compliment. The films were great, his remarks were drivel of the bigotted kind.


dexter February 18, 2010 4:03 am (Pacific time)

Great movies, the first one looked just like the subway (tube) from Haifa. I find it ironic that there are Jews that decide to convert themselves to Nazi's, considering the past history of what the Germans did to the jews back in WW2. I some times wonder what there parents must think having dysfunctional kids that decide to choose that path?!. The second movie..well I almost thought that Brazil "almost" did something constructive in the world, by bringing two opposite faction together, rather than destroying the environment, and being extremely rude and arrogant towards the rest of the world, due to there arrogance of thinking they are the best, most beautiful people in the world. Keep doing what you do best, play football, and save yourself from your blind arrogance, due to your deep down inferior complex. Leave the important issues to the rest of the world, that show interest and concerns to countries that have more concerning issues, than vagueness and arrogance. Respect to the young growing film makers of Israel. It is great to see a less restraining culture now, towards the young Israelis that have decided to express there themselves in such a diverse open minded way.

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