DOCUMENTA KASSEL 16/06-23/09 2007

The Barber Trial: Sivan vs. Finkielkraut

8 September, 1 pm to 4 pm, Kabinett 1

In May 2006, a libel suit filed by Paris-based Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan against French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was finally brought to court. The trial, at which a number of well-known intellectuals were called to testify, concerned comments Finkielkraut had made on French radio regarding Route 181, a film made in 2003 by Sivan and Palestinian filmmaker Michel Khleifi. At heart, the suit turned around a question of intertextuality, namely the relation between Route 181, which addresses the Palestinian Naqba, and Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, and by extension, around the problematic of reading the Holocaust and the Naqba in relation to one another.

For this event, Cabinet magazine, whose current issue presents the full text of the trial along with an introduction by Eyal Weizman and Thomas Keenan, presents a re-enactment of the trial directed by David Levine. The re-enactment will be preceded by a screening of the two crucial scenes from Shoah and Route 181, and followed by an open public debate.

With: Ehren Fordyce, Thomas Keenan, David Levine, Sina Najafi, Eyal Sivan, Thomas Spencer, and Eyal Weizman.

Language: English

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