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1341 Frames of Love and War

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Canadian Premiere

“Sometimes the most horrific things are aesthetic,” says Micha Bar-Am, one of Israel’s most important photojournalists. Warfare, atrocities, and the quotidian are hauntingly juxtaposed in his photo reels, chronicling over five decades of Israel’s history, alongside intimate snapshots of his own domestic life. Composed of stills and contact sheets selected from Bar-Am’s archive of over 500,000 masterful photos, 1341 Frames of Love and War provides a deep focus on the beauty and horror of humanity as captured through the photographer’s lens.

Through recorded conversations, Bar-Am and Orna, his wife and archivist, reflect on the archive’s most impactful and troubling photos. Now 91 years old, Bar-Am is left to ponder how the photographic image supersedes memory, and how, tragically, “no photograph would avert the next war.” Director Ran Tal’s sobering, intelligent, and skillfully edited film unveils the steep personal cost of documenting and bearing witness to brutality.

Best Director and Best Editor Awards, Docaviv 2022


Q&A Oct 8 & 9


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In Hebrew and German with English subtitles

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Content Warning

Graphic Violence

90 min
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Ran Tal headshot, 1341 Frames of Love and War director

Photo by Uriel Sinai

Ran Tal

Ran Tal, born in 1963, graduated from the Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film in 1994. He directs diverse television projects and is the editor of Takriv, an online magazine for discussion and critique of documentary film. Tal is the recipient of the Ophir Prize, the Jerusalem Film Festival Volgin Award, several awards at the DocAviv Film Festival, among others. Tal teaches cinema in the Film Departments at Sapir College and Tel Aviv University.

Filmography: Skin Deep (1996); Children of the Sun (2007); The Garden of Eden (2012); The Museum (2017)