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[critical] Would You Have Sex With an Arab ?

A journey in the night, face-to-face meetings, bars of Tel Aviv to the streets of Jerusalem. It embarks on a flying carpet. In the night, we dance, we laugh, we have fun. The sunrise of the day on the its techno music of a rave party in the open air. And finally, a kiss unheard of on the beach. A first kiss. Jews, Arabs, all citizens of the same country. Israel. No wall separates them. One Israeli in five is arab. And yet… A simple question comes to take everyone by surprise.

To some : “Would You Have Sex With an Arab?”

To the other: “Would You Have Sex With an Israeli Jew?”

They don’t expect it. Confused, they laugh, hesitate, improvise, are surprised by their own reactions. Many had not even thought of. Be together ? An invisible barrier appears. The desire, too. Maybe…

Author’s Note

[rating:7/10]

Release Date : September 12, 2012

Directed by Yolande Zauberman

Film French

With Gideon Levy, Juliano Mer-Khamis, DJ Samy Matar

Duration : 1h25min

Original title : Would You Have Sex With an Arab ?

Trailer :

The title of this feature engages and intrigues the viewer. Would You Have Sex With An Arab ? (Would you love with an Arab ?), de Yolande Zauberman, is a documentary made in Israel. Nights israeli and his followers are the main characters of this film.

The director walks the night in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, in the nightclubs, in the street, in bars, asking always the same question. Jews and Arabs are interviewed and must answer the question which ranges from “Would you have sex with an Arab ?” to the Jews, “Would you have sex with a Jew ?” for the Arabs.

Responses to categorical alternate with the positions and reflections are sometimes very relevant on the current situation between the two communities.

The answers also vary. Responses to categorical alternate with the positions and reflections are sometimes very relevant on the current situation between the two communities. Some appear to be previously posed the question and express their point of view, while others fall out of the clouds. The clear-cut answer in the negative are regularly followed by more questions on the part of the respondent that question and then achieves a real introspection.

The micro-trottoir is relatively well balanced between the interviewed jews and arabs. The young and the less young are alternately questioned and the response of the latter seems more ripe and developed, showing sometimes a more open mind.

Indicative or not of the young jewish and arab israeli, this documentary highlights the cohabitation sometimes difficult between these two communities which yet live on the same territory, knowing that one Israeli in five is arab.

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