Fernando E. SOLANAS
Argentine director Fernando E. Solanas of The Hour of the Furnaces, the 50-year-old monumental film in the film history, expected to put a provocative placard in front of the theater every time it was screened: “Every audience is an onlooker or a traitor.” By doing so, he asked the audience, who dared any danger for watching the film under the censorship of the Argentine government, to watch it with recalling the phrase. Now, he restarts the battle on another front. His new film A Journey to the Fumigated Towns, presented at the DMZ Docs with The Hour of the Furnaces, deals with the issues of the third world agriculture and food imperialism fostered by large multi-national food companies promoting farming practices that pollute the land with toxic chemicals. Masterclass of director Solanas, a special program commemorating the 10th anniversary of the DMZ Docs, will be providing a valuable opportunity to directly hear about the life and works of the documentary master, which will be a vivid testimony to the history of the Third Cinema.


Avi MOGRABI
The DMZ Docs will invite Israeli director Avi Mograbi to make a place to listen to his film world and philosophy of film. Isolated from the hard-line family of Zionism, he joined the campaign against the Israeli government’s aggressive war on the Arab and he has been involved in filmmaking and installation about Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. Mograbi’s films have gone through a number of changes in the style. If his early films are in a first-person narration with a unique paradoxical humor as a tool to deconstruct Zionism at a young age, his latest films could be regarded as works with more experimental style of documentary. With the occasion of holding the master class of Mograbi, the 10th DMZ Docs will be presenting How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Arik Sharon, a masterpiece of his early films, and Z32, one of his latest films. Avi Mograbi’s film world is expected to show an interesting example of a new cinematic struggle.

Avi MOGRABI

Avi MOGRABI

​Born in Tel Aviv in 1956, he disowned his family strongly supporting Zionism. After studying art and philosophy, he entered the cinema by participating in the films by Lelouche and Costa-Gavras. In the Lebanon civil war, he was deeply involved in the movement against Israel's Arab aggression and he was imprisoned. His film shows the contradictions of Israel and leads the audience to actively criticize the situation.