Directed by Amos Gitai
A search for common ground
As you prepare your breakfast, think of others (do not forget the pigeon’s food).
As you conduct your wars, think of others (do not forget those who seek peace).
– Excerpt from Think of Others, Mahmoud Darwish
When today’s current events become our children’s history lessons, how will they view our actions? In the world premiere of filmmaker Amos Gitai’s multimedia performance, four actors—two Palestinian and two Israeli—address the foundations of the conflict at the Israel-Gaza border. Letter to a Friend in Gaza stitches together film, music, and poetry in a tribute to French writer Albert Camus’s Letters to a German Friend, in which he sought to find common ground between warring peoples. Likewise, Gitai seeks to create a space for listening among opposed perspectives.
Audience members at the opening-night performance on May 30 are invited to participate in a post-show Q&A with Director Amos Gitai and Festival General Director Nigel Redden.