One of the highlights of every annual Program Guide is Professor Matthew Bernstein’s* must-see films list. He painstakingly reviews a slew of films in each year's lineup, and 2016 has him as enthusiastic as ever.
We'll be featuring his picks, one-by-one. Of course, if you can't wair to see his entire write-up, make sure to grab your copy of the official Program Guide. First up on his list:
After 10 years in France, Israel’s most famous director, Amos Gitai, returned to his home country to film this unconventional but undeniably powerful docudrama. It reenacts the Shamgar Commission’s investigation into “operative acts of negligence” that enabled religious zealot Yigal Amir to fire three bullets at Yitzhak Rabin from close range at the end of a peace rally. While the commission was constrained to assess only security failures, Gitai ranges freely and widely to explore the conditions of religious extremism and incitement found in the settlements, but which spread to the mainstream via political rallies often led by none other than Benjamin Netanyahu. The chants of “Death to Rabin” are chilling, and the political polarization of Israel is quite close to conditions here in the United States. Eschewing a conventional chronological account, Gitai has created a thoughtful, searing companion piece to Rabin in His Own Words.
*Dr. Matthew Bernstein is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Film and Media Studies and department chair at Emory University.
Previous Must See Films of 2016
- Atomic Falafel
- By Sidney Lumet
- Censored Voices
- East Jerusalem West Jerusalem
- Fire Birds
- A Grain of Truth
- The Midnight Orchestra
- Rabin in His Own Words