3.5 min | Israel/Palestine/Canada | 2017
In 2014 the Israeli army began another round of bombardment of Gaza. Militant groups in the Strip launched rockets on Israeli cities, while the Israeli army nightly invaded the West Bank. Lia Tarachansky is a Russian-Israeli video journalist who reported on these events, and on the rise of a pro-war populist movement in Israel during a summer that to many felt like a significant turn towards a politics of hopelessness.
After moving to Canada, she found herself digging through her filmed archive of vigilante attacks on Palestinian by Israeli mobs, chanting "Death to Arabs!" on the streets of Jerusalem. With hard-drives full of her reports on the steadily rising casualty rate, on army night raids and Gazan rockets shut down by Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense System, she began a new life in Toronto. There, she found herself with the sounds of that summer still fresh in her mind, the sights of a new life in Canada, and the music of her former partner, French composer Yann Delmas, ringing in her ears.
Ocean is an experimental short, filmed on an iPhone 5. It premiered at the 2017 Toronto Short Film Festival where it won the Best Short Short Award. In June it was also awarded Best Women in Film at the Toronto Smartphone Film Festival.