Exil by Ilan Ziv - 90’ 2011

SOUND AND ADDITIONAL IMAGES

Arte (Allemagne/France), Radio Canada (Canada)

Two thousands years after the Jewish Kingdom came to an end with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple, the story of exile and return defines Jewish identity. Exile, all serious historians agree, is a myth. The truth is that the majority of the Jewish population continued to live in biblical Israel after the Roman victory. If exile is indeed a myth, what did happen to the survivors of the rebellion? Some say their descendants are the Jews of the Diaspora. Others say their descendants are the Palestinians. Is there an evidence that proves either claim, or are they both attempts to use history for political purposes. What role do the myth and counter myths play in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? Exile will be an innovative 90 min documentary investigation into the myth, weaving animation and a variety of other documentary techniques.