THE VIEWING BOOTH
August 14 only
“An outstanding probe into not just how people think about a conflict in the Middle East,
but the limits of nonfiction films regarding their ability to persuade and explore reality as
it is — and whether such a thing is even possible.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
Skype Q&A with director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz & Maia Levy after the show!
THE VIEWING BOOTH explores a space ostensibly off-limits to cinema – the internal
experience of the viewer. In a lab-like space, Maia Levy, a young American woman,
watches videos portraying life in the West Bank city of Hebron, while verbalizing her
thoughts and feelings in real time. An enthusiastic supporter of Israel, the images in the
videos, disseminated for the most part by the Human Rights organization B’Tselem,
contradict some of Maia’s deep-seated beliefs. Empathy; anger; embarrassment; innate
biases and healthy curiosity – all play out before our eyes as we watch her watch the
images created by the Occupation. As Maia navigates and negotiates the images,
which threaten her worldview, she also reflects on the way she sees them. Her candid
and immediate reactions form a one-of-a-kind cinematic testimony to the psychology of
the viewer in the digital era.
A film by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz. 2019. 71 mins.
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