Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, August 6:
THE VIEWING BOOTH
DOC NYC, Berlin, True/False, CPH:DOX, Sheffield, Dokufest Kosovo, London Open City, Camden, Cork, Jihlava, Boston Jewish, Ann Arbor
The audience observes a young woman as she views and tries to rationalize films that challenge her worldview.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
How open are we to changing our beliefs? Acclaimed filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz explores this question through a cinematic experiment. He asks Maia, a Jewish-American student and ardent supporter of Israel, to view footage of life in the occupied West Bank, some from official Israeli government sources and others from the progressive human rights organization B’Tselem. As Maia attempts to reconcile these images with her worldview—and, months later, to parse these reactions—what emerges is a fascinating and timely study of cognitive dissonance and the strength of entrenched belief systems.