2:30pm – 3:40pm
Guy Davidi – Mixed Feelings (Israel, 2016)
77 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Hebrew with English subtitles
Mixed Feelings is an inspiring story about cultural resistance of Israeli director and teacher, Amir Orian, a once successful actor that left his blooming career to create an alternative theater in his own apartment. This documentary tries to create space for artistic expression and the discussion of alternative points of view in a country troubled by destructive nationalistic forces. When Israel attacks Gaza, he can’t withhold objections to the war, while his students show resistance to the discussion. Performing onstage, their deep emotions are revealed, yet their defiance threatens the existence of the theatre.
Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi has been directing, shooting, and editing since the age of sixteen. His short films include titles such as In Working Progress (2006), Women Defying Barriers (2009) and High Hopes (2014), which features music by Pink Floyd. His second feature 5 Broken Cameras (2012) was directed with Palestinian co-director Emad Burnat. It was nominated for the 2013 Oscar in the Best Documentary section and won the 2013 International Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Davidi won the prize for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Audience and Jury awards at IDFA in Amsterdam and the Best Documentary in Cinema Eye Honors. His third feature length film Mixed Feelings (2016) won the Best Documentary Award, Epos Film Festival (Tel Aviv).