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Say Amen

 
Say Amen

(Tagid Amen) Director: David Deri, IZR, 2005, Maroccan-Hebrew version / Czech subtitles, 65 min

In 1962, Mazud and Aliza Deri left Morocco to start a new life in Jerusalem. Here they built a home, raising a large closely–knit family with a strong faith and unalterable rules and rituals. Their youngest son David, the director of this documentary, does not fit in with their conservative notions about life, however. They find the fact that he's homosexual entirely unacceptable. Stubbornly, the members of the Deri family wait for him to see the light and hope for the day when he will finally introduce them to his bride. David visits them during important religious holidays and at other occasions, capturing a very vivid dialogue on the subject of his sexual orientation. For the most part, David hides behind the camera, which for him and the audience becomes a gateway into his inner self. He makes few comments and allows the audience to share his fate and become better acquainted with his family and its attitudes, provoking general questions about contemporary society. The film examines what it means to be different, and the consequences, exploring the relationship between hypocrisy and truth, reason and emotion, blind faith and freedom of choice. It is also an insight into the nature of any closed community or any kind of conservatism. Beneath the joyful heartbeat of family life there's always a note of melancholy. David's personal search for happiness inevitably leads to his exclusion from the community that means so much to him.

The film will be screened with Brother Gordon.

The partner of the screening is human rights documentary film festival One World.


 

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