10 March 2012

I'm like, "Wow..."

I forget what link I was following, but yesterday I ended up on the website of the Heymann Brothers, who should so respond to my email at their earliest convenience. They're Israeli documentarians. They've produced films about stalags, Batsheva, and the Idan Raichel Project—among heaps of others.* Of that list, stalags are the only Israeli phenom I am not somewhat obsessed with.

What impressed me the most, though, was this clip from It Kinda Scares Me. I did not initially feel called to view the clip in that the film is about a population—(post-)adolescent males—I take pains to avoid. Maybe the mention of Israeli masculinity in the synopsis was too much catnip. In this clip, Tomer Heymann comes out to a group of young men he's working with on a drama project. No spoilers, but it was because of what the young men said that I'm like, "Wow..."

*"Stalag" refers to a 1960s genre of Israeli pulp fiction—the Heymann Brothers-produced film refers to it as pornography—depicting female Nazis physically and sexually brutalizing their captives. The admittedly somewhat mind-boggling Batsheva is Israel's flagship dance company. The Idan Raichel Project is a "world music" collective that draws on several strands of musical traditions, chiefly, it would seem, of populations in Israel that have been—let's face it—denigrated and marginalized, including Yemenite and Ethiopian. The project is unavoidably multicultural, collaborating with musical artists from other countries, as well. In fact, the newly minted (Vieux Farka) Touré-Raichel Collective will be performing in Platteville (!) next month.

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