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THIS IS MY LAND

a film by
tamara erde

Tamara Erde

TAMARA ERDE is a French-Israeli filmmaker living and working in Paris. She was born in Tel-Aviv on 1982. She graduated from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, and later attended the Le Fresnoy Film School, France. Tamara creates in various mediums- documentary and fiction films, performances and video installations. Her work was presented both in many film festivals (Clermont Ferrand, Angelica Spring festival NY, Jerusalem int. Film festival and on) as well as in Gallery spaces and theatrical venues. In addition, Tamara frequently participates in residency programs and international artists projects: in New York, Denmark, England, Spain, South Korea.

She often deals in her work with political and social issues focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her works mixes her personal and imaginary reflections, with a documentary approach accompanied by profound researches on the selected themes.

She directed two short fiction films (“Rober” and “Jericho” selected in 2011 in competition at the Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival) and her third one “Disney Ramallah” with the support of PACA region in France, has recently been completed. Tamara is currently developing a feature film entitled “One day my father died” produced by Les Films du Poisson, France (selected at les Ateliers d’Angers 2012, Equinoxe script development program and La Maison des scénaristes of Cannes).

In addition, her documentary film “This is my land” about the educational systems in Israel and Palestine will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.

She’s currently editing a documentary film produced by the French production company Artline for the Israeli channel TV8. In addition, Tamara collaborates in different films as scriptwriter or co-director (24h Jerusalem internet video for ARTE, etc.).

Nelson Mandela once said that education is the only power to change the world. But what if we look at it from the other direction? Can education also be the only power to not change the world? To preserve a situation, a status quo?

For me, this is a fundamental question regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – How does the Israeli education system control the narrative of the national history and the history of the conflict. And how does the Palestinian education system ‘control the narrative’ of its people and also try to deal with complex questions of identity after years of occupation.

Only a few years after graduating, I began to understand how partial and selective was the history taught to me in school about my country. Having been born and raised in Israel, I have been educated in the Israeli system, since I was a little child, and until I finished high school and went to the army. It was only later, during my army service, that I started to doubt and question the ‘facts’, history and values that I had learned in school. During my army service, which took place during the second Intifada in 2002, I began to see up close the Israeli army’s operational methods in the operations held against the Palestinians. This was, for me, the first blinking of a red light, an alarm of sorts. But more time needed to pass before I discovered just how ‘blind and ignorant’ I was in terms of my knowledge about the “other side” and the history of my country and area.

Several years later, I found myself wondering ‘How could I have never doubted before what I was taught? I remember moments, that back then seemed so natural and evident. During the Memorial Day for the IDF’s victims, we used to have a special monument, on which were engraved the names of all the school’s graduates who were later killed during the army service. Every year, on the days leading up to this day we would practice reading these names, and singing the hymn and the national songs for the victims, for the ceremony. And on the day itself, all dressed in white shirts, we used to share the guard on the monument. Standing, each of the chosen pupils, for an hour or two, stretched by the flag, repeating the names of the list, by the candles lighten memorial in the school’s corridor, sharing sad and serious eye-exchanges, with all who pass by, feeling the pride and sense of belonging to this state. This, for me, was part of the ordinary and obvious childhood, and school life. In this film I chose to come back and look at this education and the system behind it, from my point of view today, after I chose to move away from Israel. I wished to return and see the way this education system is functioning, the way its carriers – the teachers – are thinking and driven, and the way it influences and shapes the children. From a new, distant and yet forever close and familiar, perspective, I intended to re- examine and visit again these moments of school-life, both in the territory that is well known to me – in a secular Zionist school, as well as in other schools, which I have not been familiar with, such as Palestinian schools inside and outside Israel, and Jewish religious schools.

Even though the ability to change the way a child perceives his education is so small, the ability to change the education we give him and her, is much more probable and possible. For me, this voyage I wish to go on with this film, back to this primal encounter with the teachers and the school, is a way to make myself and viewers think about the education system and to hopefully assure a better future society and life for the generations to come.

Tamara Erde

In production and development

  • “One day my father died”
    Feature fiction film, produced by Les films du Poisson.

  • “Crazy People Here”
    Docu-fiction film, produced by Artline Films 2014.

  • “Wondering photographer”
    Documentary film.

  • “El Rais”
    Documentary film, produced by Rotem Faran.

FILMS AND VIDEOS

  • “This is my land“
    Documentary, 90min. + 52min. produced by Iliade & Films, 2013 / 2014

  • “Disney Ramallah”
    Short fiction, produced by Tita Productions, 2014

  • “Jericho”
    Short fiction, produced by Le Fresnoy France, 2010

  • “Rober”
    Short documentary Israel, 2009

  • “Very Heavy Stones”
    Documentary Israel, 2009

  • “Galibor”
    Documentary Slovenia, 2012

EXPERIMENTAL

  • “A Path to the North”
    Director, d.o.p, South Korea (13 min, experimental)

  • “Forgotten Oceans”
    Director, d.o.p. , Spain, 2011 (16 min, experimental)

  • «TU2»
    Director, d.o.p. France, 2010 (4.5 min, Video dance).

  • “Morning glory”
    Director, d.o.p, 2009 (18 min, experimental)

RESIDENCIES AND FUNDS

  • Writing residency and fund in La maison Bleu, contis, Aquitaine, 2014.

  • eQuinoxe MEDIA scripwriters program 2014.

  • Greenhouse documentary residency-fund, 2013.

  • Guestroom Maribor, Capital of culture residency, Slovenia, 2012.

  • The Old school, Gorna Lipnitsa Bulgaria, 2012.

  • Les Ateliers d’Angers, France, 2012.

  • Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlinale festival, 2012.

  • Sierra Arts Center, Spain, fund for the female route project, 2012.

  • Nottle Theatere Company, South Korea, September-October 2011 CACIS, Spain. August 2011.

  • NY studio gallery, July 2009.

STUDIES

SPEAP - Scines Po program for artists.
2014-2015 Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains,
France MA. 2010-2011

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