Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi

    • Avi Mograbi
    • Israel
    • 1999
    • 77 min
    Artboard Copy 2 Created with Sketch. Share

    In what he describes as a “semi-documentary,” documentary filmmaker Avi Mograbi plays a fictional filmmaker named Avi Mograbi, who has been hired to make a film about the celebrations of Israel's 50th anniversary. As chance would have it, a Palestinian producer also asks him to shoot footage of former Palestinian villages that were destroyed by colonists half a century ago. What’s more, the date celebrated by Israeli Jews and commemorated as Nakba Day (Yawm an-Nakba, meaning “Day of the Catastrophe”) by Palestinians happens to coincide with his own 42nd birthday.

    Documentary footage demonstrates the two entirely contrasting realities. It’s linked together by a series of scenes in which the filmmaker talks about his purchase of a piece of land, which has landed him in an impossible situation with the owners of the adjacent plot. Jumping back and forth between these three different stories, Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi uses sardonic humor to deliver a sharp analysis of the state of an entire nation.

    Credits

    • 77 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Director
    Avi Mograbi
    Production
    Avi Mograbi for Avi Mograbi Films
    Co-production
    Les Films d'Ici
    Cinematography
    Avi Mograbi, Yoav Dagan, Yoav Gurfinkel, Eytan Harris, Oded Kimhi, Itzik Portal, Ron Katzenelson
    Editing
    Avi Mograbi
    Created with Sketch. Show all credits

    Share this film

    Artboard Copy 2 Created with Sketch. Share

    IDFA history