28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Viewing Booth
The Viewing Booth
The Viewing Booth

The Viewing Booth

director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
original title: The Viewing Booth
country: Israel
year: 2019
running time: 72 min.


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Lying at the heart of the film is Virginia Woolf's rhetorical question whether we really perceive the images of war in the same manner. These considerations provoked the director of the film to carry out an unusual audiovisual experiment. He presented several volunteers with 40 videos published freely on the Internet, which depict various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Closed in the viewing booth, they can play any of the clips, stop them at will, replay them, and comment on them. Their act of viewing, however, is recorded. And the director's dialogue with one particular participant eventually becomes an essential part of the film.
“It’s a film about a breakdown of communication, but that also becomes dialogue, although it’s a problematic dialogue.” R. Alexandrowicz

Q&A with the director of The Viewing Booth Ra'ananem Alexandrowiczem:


Ra'anan Alexandrowicz (1969) is an Israeli filmmaker. He graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem and, despite his original intent to make fictional films, he eventually got into documentary filmmaking. His films regularly appear at major festivals such as the Berlinale, Cannes, and TIFF. His documentary The Law in These Parts (2011), on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.

more about film

director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
cast: Maia Levy
producer: Liran Atzmor, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
photography: Zachary Reese
editing: Neta Dvorkis
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