“What goes on in an image?”, cinema often asks us. “What happens in the person who looks at an image?”, it asks, albeit less frequently. “What happens in the person who sees their own image while looking at an image?”, it almost never asks. These three questions make up the puzzle that documentary filmmaker Alexandrowicz proposes for his character, but also for himself and, more decisively, for us. This game of deforming mirrors reflects the power relations between Israel and Palestine, but also between the camera and what it films; between a film and the one who watches. (E. V)
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz is known for The Law in These Parts (2011), which received the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, a Peabody award and numerous other prizes. His earlier documentaries The Inner Tour (2001) and Martin (1999) were shown in the Berlin Film Festival's Forum section and MoMA's New Directors/New Films series. Alexandrowicz’s single fiction feature James’ Journey to Jerusalem (2003) premiered at Cannes Director’s fortnight and at TIFF.