Down Under

A Cinematic view of the South. Curators: Drorit Gur Arie, Maya Klein 22.7.2010 - 30.10.2010

A cinematic installation unfolding a journey along the Gaza-Israel border
during Operation Cast Lead, the travelogue sketches an intimate portrait
of a vulnerable border area, striving to introduce a profile of Israel in a
time of crisis. It explores the phenomenon of "war tourism" which
flourished during the war on the Sderot-Gaza border, when people from
all over the country swarmed in to observe the shelled Gaza.
The filmmakers point to fissures in Israeli society, which ties military
strength with Messianic beliefs. War ecstasy and the euphoria of power
accompanying it are likened to the spectacle of the corrida—the arena of
a cruel struggle for life or death—and the gripping viewing experience it
This site-specific cinematic installation, created especially for the
exhibition space, is based on materials from a documentary feature in

Poem reading: Alon Abutbul
Directors and producers: Avner Faingulernt, Macabit Abramson
Script: Macabit Abramson
Cinematographer: Avner Faingulernt
Editor: Lev Goltser
Sound designer: Yuri Primanko