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"An idiosyncratic take on soldiers' traumatic memories of horrors both seen and perpetrated." -- Screen International
"Begs viewers to get involved in its moral questions and to struggle, along with the young soldier, with their own guilty consciences and need to find forgiveness." -- Hollywood Reporter
Israeli documentarian and activist Avi Mograbi examines his moral and political role while filming an Israeli ex-soldier who participated in a revenge operation where two innocent Palestinian policemen where murdered. The soldier testifies willingly as long as his identity is kept secret. As Mograbi searches for the meaning of the events he simultaneously questions his own conduct: why is he so concerned with harboring a murderer inside his new film instead of turning him in?
Z32 is built around a confession— a young man’s account of his participation in the Israeli Army's revenge killing of two Palestinian police officers in the occupied territories. Mograbi interweaves an extended and often agonizing discussion between the man and his girlfriend about their relationship, punctuated by Mograbi himself characteristically addressing the camera. Throughout the film, the use of a digital “mask” disguises the young soldier’s identity and foregrounds the politics of the camera as witness. Mograbi performs his own musings as Brechtian songs, set to Weillian music. These radical elements of Mograbi’s project combine to raise painful and unsettling questions about responsibility, forgiveness, and the shape of cinematic truth.
One of Israel’s most celebrated non-fiction filmmakers, Avi Mograbi specializes in urgent, impassioned diagnoses of the state of the nation, and of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. He is known for inserting himself prominently into his films as a director and concerned citizen struggling to understand or synthesize all that he’s witnessing. Another Mograbi trademark is the shocking eruption of humor in the midst of reflections on the region’s injustices. Z32 returns to a major theme of his previous work: the investigation of the ways in which the military dehumanizes both soldiers and “the enemy” and, by extension, Israeli society as a whole.
80 minutes, in Hebrew with English subtitles
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