Cities, Territories, and Borders
Lecture: Film: Design | September 17 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cities, territories, and borders are protagonists as well as locales in the award-winning cinema of Amos Gitai. In this lecture, Gitai reveals how his training as an architect informs his use of space to propel narratives of war, politics, religion, and human relations. Exploring examples from his extensive oeuvre, he considers how his work -- much of it focused on Israeli-Palestinian conflicts since 1948 -- uses specific filmic techniques and pacing to convey the fabric and meaning of everyday life in zones of intense conflict over land, religion, and history.
Amos Gitai is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. His work has been presented in several major retrospectives at the Pompidou Center Paris, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Lincoln Center New York and the British Film Institute London. To date Gitai has created over 90 works of art over 38 years. Between 1989 and 2015 ten of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or as well as the Venice Film Festival for the Golden Lion award.