2017 Berlinale Glashütte Original Documentary Award
Arab FF Berlin – Audience Award winner 2017

Premièred at the Berlinale this film took the Best Documentary prize and an Audience Award.

Andoni advertised for inmates of the notorious “Russian compound” of the al-Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem, where he himself was incarcerated, to re-enact the psychological and physical abuses they endured there.

These older, grey-haired men build the detention cells from memory and then, painfully, from deep-seated and bubbling over memory, they play it all out.

Not all will agree with the breaking down as therapy module, both for the ex-inmates and as a way to tackle such a politically charged subject, but the use of black-and-white animation is an extraordinary means to distance and yet heighten traumatic scenes.

Cape Town
Tue 6, 8.45pm
Sat 10, 8pm
Raed Andoni
France / Switzerland / Palestine
90 minutes