Questions of a Dead Worker

19 Minutes and 50 seconds , 2002
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Directed by: Aya Somech
Aya Somech’s clever film was made during the explosive days of the Second Intifada. The rough storyline follows an Israeli construction worker of Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) descent who leaves his father – a former construction worker whose body can no longer handle the work – every morning to head off to the construction site. A range of other plotlines are weaved into this overarching one, including the story of an Ashkenazi couple who are considering buying a flat in a nearby housing development; the story of the Arab construction workers onsite, and another story about the same Israeli construction worker who is about to kidnap the development’s contractor so that he can usher in a revolution. Somech and screenwriter Dror Mishani enjoy jumping back and forth between the various storylines, breaking the fourth wall, and using a slew of Brechtian nods and gestures –A number of Bertolt Brecht’s poems, including Questions from a Worker who Reads are also recited here. It is a bold and daring film that remains every bit as fresh, timely, and worthy of one’s attention now as it was then. (With Eng Subtitles)
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