Director Michale Boganim explores her father’s role in Israel’s own Black Panther movement in her new Venice documentary: “The Forgotten Ones” (“Mizrahim, Les Oublies de la Terre Promise”).
The 1950s movement sprang from the Mizrahim community – Jews who were ethnically cleansed from North Africa and the Middle East – who sought refuge in Israel. Battling discrimination, Mizrahi Jews looked to the U.S. Black Panther movement for inspiration, Boganim’s father and his friends fought back, politically and otherwise.
In the documentary, Boganim embarks on a road trip to search for some of her father’s colleagues, taking a tour of Israel’s history and meeting with three generations of Mizrahim in the process.
Boganim, who was born in Israel and later studied in France, won the Gras Savoye award for her student film “Dim Memories,” which was selected for Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Her first fiction feature, “Land of Oblivion,” which starred “Bond” actor Olga Kurylenko, premiered at Venice and the Toronto Film Festival.
Boganim’s next project will be the historical drama “Tel-Aviv/Beirut” about two women – Lebanese and Israeli – who embark on a road trip together against the backdrop of the 1982 and 2006 Israeli-Lebanese conflicts.
The international cast, which consists of Israeli, Palestinian and Lebanese actors, includes Zalfa Seurat, Sarah Adler (“Foxtrot”), Shlomi Elkabetz (“Our Boys”), Younès Bouab (“The Unknown Saint”) and Sofia Essaïdi (“La promesse)
“The Forgotten Ones” premiers at the Venice Film Festival this week. Reservoir Docs is handling sales.
Check out an exclusive clip from the documentary above.