WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Dan Shadur | 87 min
Israel, United States
Hebrew with English subtitles
Monday, May 1311:30 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Tuesday, May 1410:15 PM E Street Cinema
Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of fomenting an adversarial relationship with the media and taking his message directly to the public.
King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power using archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of social media. Follow Bibi’s maturation as he evolves from Israel’s great political hope to a controversial figure who some perceive as Israel’s savior and others see as a cynical politician clinging to power at all cost.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Dan Shadur. May 13 conversation moderated by Roll Call‘s Jason Dick. May 14 conversation moderated by Brookings visiting fellow James Kirchick.
Presented in partnership with EntryPointDC – the 20s and 30s program of the EdlavitchDCJCC.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Dan Shadur. May 13 conversation moderated by Roll Call's Jason Dick. May 14 conversation moderated by Brookings visiting fellow James Kirchick.
Dan Shadur is an Israeli filmmaker and writer, a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. His debut documentary “Before The Revolution” was funded by Yes Docu and ITVS, premiered in Hotdocs 2013 and featured in dozens of other international festivals. It was the first ever Israeli documentary to be broadcast inside Iran. Shadur also directed short films, music videos and commercials. His articles and stories have been featured in Israel’s leading newspapers and magazines.
Jason Dick is deputy editor at Roll Call and host of its Political Theater Podcast. He was previously the editor of National Journal Daily and a staff writer and editor at Greenwire. An Arizona native, he is the author of the book “Under the Dome.” He lives on Capitol Hill.
James Kirchick is a visiting fellow in the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe and Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. A widely published journalist, he is author of “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age” (Yale, 2017), a columnist for Tablet Magazine, and a frequent contributor to a wide array of publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Politico, Foreign Policy, The Weekly Standard, and Commentary among many others.
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This event finished on May 15, 2019.