Sderot, Last Exit

Director: Osvalde Lewat
Country: Cameroon, France and Belgium
Year: 2011
Running Time: 89 min.
Language: Arabic, English, French and Hebrew

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The film school of Sderot, located in the south of Israel 2 km from the Gaza border, is a microcosm of daily life in the country. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Palestinians, Israelis, left-wing radicals and nationalists share classrooms but rarely opinions. Here, cinema isn’t just an artistic pursuit. It is a nakedly political act. This film school is a sociological laboratory, confronting complex paradoxical ideologies and political positioning. It is a place of cultural geopolitics, intent on redefining perceived boundaries.

About the Director

Osvalde Lewat

Biography: Osvalde Lewat is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of Native Americans. With Au-delà de la peine, Lewat tells the story of a prisoner who, after being sentenced to four years in jail for a minor offense, is imprisoned for thirty-three years. In her 2009 film, Black Business, Lewat addresses the question posed by Nigerian Nobel Laureate author Wole Soyinka: “They say Africans are not ready for democracy. So I wonder: have they ever been ready for dictatorship?” Lewat studied at Sciences Po in Paris.

(Sources:
http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/a-love-during-the-war/
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.120)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2007);
A Love during the War (2007);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2008);
Sderot, Last Exit (2012);
Land Rush (2013 – Hugo Berkeley, Osvalde Lewat).

Filmography:
Upsa Yimoowin [The Pipe of Hope] (2000);
Itilga [The Destinies] (2001 – Osvalde Lewat, Cyrille Masso);
140, rue du Bac (2001);
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2003);
A Love during the War (2005);
Les Disparus de Douala (2006);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2007);
Sderot, Last Exit (2011);
Land Rush (2012 – Hugo Berkeley, Osvalde Lewat).