The Yom Kippur War Forty Years After – Screening of the Film "The Silence of the Sirens" and Discussion with Screenwriter Motti Lerner
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
UCLA School of Law
The Yom Kippur War was an Israeli military failure that resulted in the deaths of 2,656 soldiers. A historical drama based on the events leading up to the war, The Silence of the Sirens tells a riveting behind-the-scenes story of why Israel’s military intelligence failed to recognize the looming threat of war.
Major General Eli Zeira, the head of Israeli military intelligence, insists that Egypt does not pose a military threat to Israel; citing that Egypt’s military activity was only “exercises”. But Zeira’s prediction was wrong, and the Egyptians launch a surprise attack on Israel on the Yom Kippur holiday. The Silence of the Sirens re-enacts the windowless military and governmental meeting rooms where men in decorated uniforms argue through a cloud of cigarette smoke, to offer a riveting account of how politics and policy trumped logic and obfuscated facts that should have been obvious to Israeli intelligence.
Presented by the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the screening of The Silence of the Sirens will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session by playwright and Sirens screenwriter, Motti Lerner.
About Motti Lerner
Playwright and screenwriter Motti Lerner was born in Israel in 1949. Most of his plays and films deal with political issues. They have been performed extensively in Israel and around the world.
Among his plays are: "Kastner", "Pangs of the Messiah", "Paula", and "Pollard", all produced by the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; "Exile in Jerusalem" and "Passing The Love of Women" at Habima National Theatre, "Autumn" at the Beit Lessin Theatre, Tel Aviv, "Hard Love" at the Municipal Theatre in Haifa, and "The Hastening of The End" in the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem. His play "The Murder of Isaac" was produced at Heilbron Theatre in Germany (1999) and in Centerstage Theatre in Baltimore (2006), and at Tel Aviv University Theatre (2013), "Benedictus" was first produced by Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisaco (2007) and "In the Dark" in Chingari Theatre Group in Delhi (2011). He has written screenplays for the films: "Loves in Betania", "The Kastner Trial", "Bus Number 300", "Egoz", the 12 episodes of the TV drama series "The Institute", "A Battle in Jerusalem", "The Silence of the Sirens", Altalena, "Spring 1941" with Joseph Fiennes in the title role.
He is a recipient of the best play award (1985), and the Israeli Motion Picture Academy award for the best TV drama in 1995 and in 2004. In 1994 he won the Prime Minister’s of Israel Award for his creative work. His plays have been produced in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Australia, Canada and India. His book According To Chekhov - on Chekhov's writing method - was published in 2011. His play "Paulus" will open in Chicago in November 2013 and his play "The Admission" will open in Washington DC in March 2014. He currently teaches playwriting at the Kibbutz College in Tel Aviv, and has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at Duke University, North Carolina and at Knox College, Illinois, and was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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