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An other day

“From below a beautiful city appeared, spreading over hills and valleys and in it tall towers, domes, flat bright rooftops, gardens, pools and bridges all bridged above the valleys.” (Boris

In 1918, while living in exile in Tiberias, Boris Schatz, (a Lithuanian
Jewish artist and sculptor who settled in Palestine, founded the Bezalel School in Jerusalem and became known as the "father of Israeli art") wrote the novel "Jerusalem Rebuilt: A Daydream". in the novel he outlines the land of Israel and Jerusalem in particular, from a standpoint of a utopian vision - political, economic and social vision - that is to take place a hundred years later, in the year 2018.
Schatz describes a green city filled with gardens, whose citizens put great effort in cultivating their environment. The city is managed in the spirit of socialist-communist ideology by cooperatives whose members are farmers, industry workers and artists, all collaboratively working as they maintain their physical and mental health. In this city futuristic trains travel, they are powered by solar energy. Schatz describes a designated quarter, “The Children’s Paradise", where children and youth are brought up and are educated. This is reminiscent of the children housing and education programs of the Kibbutz. The cultural-spiritual center of Jerusalem and the country at large is the Temple Mount that has been rebuilt in the same exact place as its predecessor. It is no longer a place of worship through sacrificial
rituals but is rather a museum whose art is the center of life, and as such, is to be held sacred.

'An Other Day' is a film that borrows its inspiration from Boris Schatz’s vision and infuses it with visual interpretation based in manipulations of formal elements of cinema and television
vocabulary. In this film, Shai Dror - born and raised in Jerusalem - offers an alternative to life in this charged and complex city in the day after signing a peace agreement, or, alternatively -after a global war erupted. The movie refers to utopian and dystopian artworks and in this context one cannot ignore its relationship to more contemporary titles like 'The Handmaid' or 'The Leftovers', as well as others, that delve into the dark side of totalitarian regimes and societies' failed attempts to form a new social order. The film takes place in several locations throughout the city of Jerusalem - a church, a museum, an outdoor field - and chronicles a daily
routine that is imbued with rituals, of a group dressed in hooded white sweatsuits (are they prisoners? cult group? Kibbutz members?). The absence of one distinct narrative heightens the
symbolic layers in the piece: Kadishman’s familiar Sheep painting presented as an icon of Israeli art, is echoed throughout the film. The cityscapes of Jerusalem symbolize sublime beauty and are shown from a birds’ eye view or appear as representations of colorful landscape paintings. The final dramatic scene questions what has so far been established as a cinematic truth, and is
asking us to reevaluate and reassess what we have seen.

  • Shai Dror
  • Tom Azaria
    Director of photography
  • Nofar Cohen
  • Benny Dror
    Key Cast
  • Matan layter
    Key Cast
  • Guy Moses
    Original music
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    יום אחר
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Video art
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital full HD MP4
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Loop Barcelona fair 2019
    November 19, 2019
  • Istanbul Experimental Film Festival 2019
    November 15, 2019
  • Tel Aviv international student film festival 2019
    Tel Aviv
    June 20, 2019
  • Solo Exhibition, Rosenfeld gallery, Tel Aviv 2019
    Tel Aviv
    July 11, 2019
  • BFA Graduate Exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem 2018
    July 1, 2018
    Official premiere
    The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Award for photography student
Director Biography - Shai Dror

Shai Dror (b. 1990) lives and works in Tel aviv . He holds a BFA from the department of photography at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, graduating with honors (2018). Dror is a recent recipient of the Lauren and Mitchell Presser Award for outstanding final project and was included in 'Zoom 2019' exhibition for Promising Young Israeli Artists held at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv. “An Other Day” was recently screened at 'Loop Barcelona' fair, the 'Istanbul Experimental Film Festival' and the 21st Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv.

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Director Statement

In my work, which combines photography, video and setting, I address the local culture and the Israeliness. I do that by investigating religious and cultural symbols as well as national pathoses, and using a wide overview on the variety of the local creative work throughout history.

My practice includes dismantling cultural icons and setting them up in a different context. By using a cinematic language borrowed from other genres, I seek to create “new realities”. My photographic aesthetics is influenced by contemporary movies and TV series, mostly those dealing with utopia and dystopia.

The movie An Other Day, for instance, takes place in futuristic Jerusalem and addresses, among other things, the dark aspects of totalitarian regimes and failed attempts to create a well managed society.

Another subject I am intrigued by is the balance of power between man and nature, while considering possible existential alternatives and man's yearning to elementary being. My film “Terribly Beautiful Clouds” addresses man's tendency to assimilate and overtake its surroundings. The film uses a documentary language to depict the work of a “cloud hunter”, who collects clouds and turns them into tradable art objects.