Koudelka Shooting Holy Land

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Castro Theatre Mon, Jul 25, 2016 4:00 PM
Roda Theatre Sun, Jul 31, 2016 1:55 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Gilad Baram
Editor(s):Elisa Purfürst
Country:Germany/Czech Republic
Year of Production:2015
Running Time:72 min.
Language(s):English, Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles
Premiere Status:North American
Genre-Subject:Film History
Documentary Feature


Co-Sponsored by Marsha and Ralph Guggenheim and by Ron Abileah and Marlene Winograd.

Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka burst onto the photojournalism scene in 1968 with his award-winning images documenting the Soviet invasion of his native Czechoslovakia. In Koudelka Shooting the Holy Land, Gilad Baram chronicles Koudelka’s efforts to capture images that depict how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has literally changed the landscape of the Holy Land. Juxtaposing footage of Koudelka at work with the lustrous black-and-white images that are the final product of his efforts, Baram provides access to the man behind the camera. While Koudelka is relentless in pursuit of his craft, he is also increasingly dismayed at seeing a land that is holy to multiple faiths disfigured by the architecture of conflict: walls, barricades and security checkpoints. Is it possible to make an image of a barbed wire barricade into a work of art that allows viewers to both react with admiration for the quality of the image and revulsion at what it represents? Koudelka Shooting the Holy Land shows a master artist at work. —Mark Valentine

Preceded by The Man Who Shot Hollywood, Dir. Barry Avrich.

Director Gilad Baram in person in San Francisco and Berkley.

Included Shorts

The Man Who Shot Hollywood (12min) More