Once I Entered a Garden
- FRANCE, ISRAEL, SWITZERLAND / 2012 / Hebrew, Arabic / Color / 97 min
Director: Avi Mograbi
In the “Old Middle East,” communities were not divided along ethnic or religious lines, and borders did not exist, not even metaphorically. Israel-born Avi’s and his Arabic teacher and old friend, Palestinian, Ali’s joint-adventure takes them to their own and each other’s communal histories. The Middle East of yore—the one in which they could coexist effortlessly—resurfaces with commensurate ease through their journey. Director Avi Mograbi received Runner-Up Prize at the YIDFF ’99 International Competition with Happy Birthday, Mr. Mograbi, and his Z32 was screened at the YIDFF 2009 International Competition.