Director Michael Boganim explores his father’s role in Israel’s own Black Panther movement in his new Venice documentary: “The Forgotten Once” (“Mizrahim, Les Oblis de la Ter Promise”).
The 1950s movement began with the Mizrahim community – Jews who had been ethnically cleansed from North Africa and the Middle East – who sought refuge in Israel. Fighting against discrimination, Mizrahi Jews looked to the U.S. Black Panther movement for inspiration, while Bouganim’s father and his friends fought politically and otherwise.
In the documentary, Boganim embarks on a road trip in search of some of his father’s colleagues, touring the history of Israel, and in the process meeting three generations of Mizrahim.
Boganim, who was born in Israel and later studied in France, won the Grass Save Award for his student film “Egg Memories,” which was selected for the director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Her first fiction feature, “Land of Oblivion”, starring “Bond” actress Olga Kurilenko, premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
Boganim’s next project will be the Tel Tel Aviv / Beirut historical drama about two Lebanese and Israeli women who began traveling the streets together in the background of the 1982 and 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflicts.
International actors consisting of Israeli, Palestinian and Lebanese actors include Zalfa Surat, Sarah Adler (“Foxtrot”), Shlomi Elkabetz (“Our Son”), Yunus Boab (“The Unknown Saint”) and Sophia Essaddy (“La” Promesi).
“The Forgotten Man” premiered at the Venice Film Festival this week. Reservoir Docs is conducting sales.
Watch an exclusive clip from the documentary above.