How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Arik Sharon


Wednesday, Febuary 5, 8:00 pm, Followed by a Q&A session with Avi Mugrabi. Free Admission!

With the 1996 election campaign looming, director Avi Mograbi set out to make a documentary about the infamous political figure, Ariel Sharon. Mograbi had refused to serve in the 1982 Lebanon War initiated by then Minister of Defense Ariel Sharon, against whom he felt much antagonism. However, while making the film, he came to see Sharon in a new light. To his surprise, he found Sharon extremely likeable. During the election campaign, Mograbi set aside his leftist political beliefs and grew surprisingly close to Sharon. Mograbi’s wife, who had always been there to support him, and later warn him along the way as things progressed, eventually left him when she thought he has lost his political and moral senses. In this ironic and fictitious documentary, Mograbi tells the story of the making of the film that turned into a domestic melodrama, interwoven with his dreams about Sharon and dialogues with his wife. But the true story told in this extraordinary film is of the impossible encounter between left and right in present-day Israel.