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Short and to the Point

Wed, 1 May, 2019 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Award-winning filmmaker and Penn State assistant professor Boaz Dvir will show and discuss his short documentaries at 7:30 pm May 1 at Baltimore’s Beth El Congregation (8101 Park Heights Ave.).


They include two Israel-centered documentaries Dvir has made with Retro Report, which produces shorts that “arm the public with a more complete picture of today’s most important stories”:


  • “How Special Ops Became Central to the War on Terror,” in which Dvir and Retro Report examined Israel’s 1976 Operation Entebbe’s impact on America’s current strategy.
  • A currently unnamed short about a 1948 secret, illegal operation to save Israel. This documentary highlights the origins of U.S.-Israel relations.


The New York Times ran “How Special Ops Became Central to the War on Terror.” Dvir and Retro Report plan to distribute the second short through Apple News.


“In a world as chaotic as the present one, knowing history may be our only hope for charting safe passage to a better future,” said Retro Report’s Kit Roane, who produced “Special Ops” with Dvir.


The May 1 screening will also include Dvir’s child poverty, which has been chosen as an official selection in 10 film festivals around the world, including Milan, Italy, Brisbane, Australia, Portland, Ore., New York and Moscow.


In “El País de la Eterna Primavera (Land of the Eternal Spring),” Dvir follows photojournalist Jason Henry (The New York Times) and writer Erik Maza (Town & Country, Baltimore Sun) as they traveled to Guatemala’s most infamous landfill, Teculután.


At Teculután, Dvir filmed Henry and Maza trying to maintain their composure as they capture children searching for shreds of sustenance in a monstrous heap of human and animal waste and burning ash.


“There’s no time in this short film to provide any answers, only raise questions,” Dvir said. “It’s up to the audiences to see the questions, which range from equity to poverty to immigration to the environment, among other current global issues.”  



Location: Beth El Congregation
8101 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208
Fees: Free
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