10 Percent: What Makes a Hero?


Cinearts at Palo Alto Square Sun, Jul 27, 2014 12:00 PM
Castro Theatre Sat, Aug 2, 2014 12:00 PM
Grand Lake Theater Sat, Aug 9, 2014 12:00 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Yoav Shamir
Year of Production:2013
Running Time:88
Categories:Take Action
Premiere Status:US
Genre-Subject:Social Justice


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Checkpoint (SFJFF 2004) and Defamation (SFJFF 2009) established Israeli documentarian Yoav Shamir as an unapologetic provocateur. It’s no surprise then that American rabble-rouser Michael Moore signed on to executive produce the Tel Aviv–based filmmaker’s newest film, a globetrotting quest to identify the shared characteristics of heroic individuals. Following the bubbling streams of his consciousness, Shamir pays a visit to the bonobos in the Congo, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, a Stanford neuroscience lab, the suburban home of a Flemish woman whose family harbored Jews during World War II and the military-controled sea space near Gaza. Shamir establishes himself as a vulnerable everyman, troubled by the uncertainty of how he would have acted had he come of age in Nazi Germany, or whether he’d be brave enough to rescue a person who tumbled onto the subway tracks. Shifting from self-deprecating humor to genuine curiosity, from befuddled detachment to heartfelt yearning, 10% is fascinating, entertaining and affecting, the type of movie that sparks thoughtful conversation and passionate debate. -Hagar Scher

US Premiere