Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (Nekam Achat Mishtey Eynay), Dir. Avi Mograbi, Israel, 2005, 100 min., English / Arabic / Hebrew with English subtitles
In one thread of this complex film about myth, memory and nation, the Israeli director Avi Mograbi attempts a hesitant, frequently interrupted phone call with a friend, who is under curfew in Palestine. In another, we follow tourist trails where guides recount triumphant stories of Jewish resistance against the Romans on Mount Masada or Sampson, who crushed himself and his oppressors beneath the temple as he said the prayer that forms the documentary’s title. Mograbi’s provocative juxtapositions allow this film to pose important questions about Israel’s origin story and its impacts on occupied Palestine.