Rafi Bukai (1957-2003) was a film director and producer who was primarily active in Israel during the 1980s and nineties. Whilst getting his degree at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television Studies, Bukai began developing his original graduation project that would later become his debut, feature-length film, Avanti Popolo. The film was massively successful and helped to make Bukai the first Israeli filmmaker to have ever examined the Six-Day War from an Arab point of view. Critics dubbed Avanti Popolo a standout, artistic feat and indeed, to this day it is considered one of the best Israeli films of all time. At the end of the eighties, Bukai was hard at work on a most ambitious, international production based on the story of Marco Polo. The film was released several years later however, it was not met with the reception Bukai and his peers had hoped for. Further down the line, Bukai went on to produce numerous films including Life According to Agfa (Assi Dayan, 1992) and Eddie King (Gidi Dar, 1992), in addition to teaching film at Tel Aviv University and Beit Berl College. He later also produced Shahar Segal’s One Small Step (2003) and Gidi Dar’s Ushpizin (2004). Rafi Bukai died of cancer in 2003 whilst Ushpizin was still in post-production.


Life According to Agfa

Directed by Assi Dayan, 1992
החיים על פי אגפא
Rental English subs.

104 min.

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