A film exploring the life and work of Amos Oz, Israel's preeminent and internationally acclaimed author, who passed away in 2018. The film includes interviews with David Grossman, Etgar Keret, Nicole Krauss, President Reuven Rivlin, Natalie Portman and other authors, friends and critics of this seminal figure in Israeli literature and history.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Franz Hall, Room 1178
The screening will begin at 6:00 PM. The conversation and Q&A will be from 7:25 to 8:00 PM.
Organized by the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media, and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
About the Film
Behind the international success story of Amos Oz—a writer whose works have been translated into 45 languages and who has been held up as a spokesperson and symbol of the Israeli conscience—lurked a tumultuous personal life. When he was 12 years old, his mother died by suicide. Several years before his death, his daughter accused him of being physically and mentally violent during her childhood. Through a series of conversations with Nurit Gertz, his latest biographer, and a tapestry of biography, literature, and conversations with significant people in his life, The Fourth Window tells Oz’s his last story.
Produced and directed by Yair Qedar, the film was officially selected at the 2021 Thessaloniki Film Festival, the 2021 Docaviv Film Festival, the 2021 DocuText Film Festival, the 2021 Warsaw International Film Festival, and the 2021 Mumbai International Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary.
Praise for The Fourth Window
“…Oz appears as a complex, whole character, helping to reveal the man for those who grew accustomed to the air of perfection that Oz took great pains to project. The movie presents the author with all the conflicting truths that have been spoken about him, cracking the facade.” – Haaretz
“A sober, engaging and thorough film that illuminates an unusually fraught life” – Screen Daily
About the Director
Yair Qedar is an Israeli documentary filmmaker, social activist and former journalist. Qedar's 19 feature-length documentaries have all premiered at film festivals and have won the director over 20 prizes. After studying 20th-century Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University, Qedar launched Ha'Ivrim (The Hebrews), a project in which Qedar makes biographical documentaries about significant writers and poets from the Hebrew literary canon. The films have circulated widely at film festivals, on Israeli TV, in cinemas, community and cultural centers and at universities in Israel and around the world, earning multiple awards. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Qedar is a prominent member of the Israeli LGBT community. He founded the country's first gay newspaper HaZman HaVarod (Pink Time), where he served as editor.
DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions of our guest speakers and the content of their presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Hosting speakers does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker's views or opinions.
Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Comparative Literature, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media