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The Cinema of Yaky Yosha

In the Israeli film landscape, where it is sometimes difficult to break through the second film barrier due to lack of budget and support, director Yaky Yosha stands out with his abundant and complex body of work that extends over three decades. Yosha’s distinctiveness stems not only from the impressive number of films he made or the fact that he is the first Israeli director to take part in the famed Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. He stands out mainly for his success at bringing to the screen captivating and stirring stories while unyieldingly exposing harsh emotions in terms of the condition of Israeli society. Yosha’s films challenge the audience time and again and ask that it look inwards; in his films, Yosha repeatedly discusses the story of a broken nation embodied in the image of a broken protagonist, the same protagonist that is the reflection of Yosha himself. Throughout his cinematic path Yosha’s unique stamp is evident in all his films, as are the personal and national soul searching for himself and for us, the viewers.

Yaky Yosha, director, producer, screenwriter and editor, was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. Yosha, who didn’t go to film school, acquired his professional experience when he directed a series of short, independent films. In 1972, Yosha directed “Shalom, the Prayer for the Road”, his first full length film about the deliberations and the distress of Israeli youths prior to the Yom Kippur War. Yosha subsequently directed almost 30 feature and documentary films as well as TV series’. During the Festival’s Israeli Cinema program we will debut Yosha’s most recent feature film “Walking” which is based on his novel. We will also focus on his work and will screen his films “The End”, “Shalom, a Prayer for the Road”, “Rocking Horse”, “Dead End Street” and his documentary film “Inherit the Earth”.

“You can reach a vast amount of people through cinema. I adopted the words of Picasso… art is not just aesthetics, art is also a weapon. I said to myself: If art is a weapon, then film is nepalm”.
From an interview with Yaky Yosha in the book “Cinema South 2010".

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