Eilat Mami’ Focuses on the psychedelic contrasting experiences that takes place in Eilat during the months of July and August when tourists, families and children choose to spend their time there. Eilat is a destination city, a kind of an illusion of vacation, warmth, entertainment and luxury. Everything is allowed and everything is possible. ‘What happens in Eilat, stays in Eilat’.
In ‘Eilat Mami’ the point of view is not linear, it changes from being a part of the city, to looking at it. For this, I asked Maya Roo, an eighteen years old Tel Aviv girl that is familiar with the Tel Aviv hipster/rebels scene, to join this journey. Through Maya I can show how surreal the city is.
In the work I used different techniques of shooting and editing. From documentary mode to a psychedelic mode – full of lights, colors and sounds provided by the city. Most of the film relies on the fantasy that the city evokes.
In the 80’s and 90’s Eilat stood firm. During the years, the entertainment and hosting that Eilat provides, starts to be impossible. Eilat isn’t able to match the ‘all-included’ vacations of Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The image of Eilat as an exclusive resort has been damaged. In ‘Eilat Mami’ i want to expose the city’s lesser sides. the illusion of the false prestige of the culture in the city, or the terms of employment of the city workers.
The film is divided into three parts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day represents something else in the city and the tourist narrative. From the examination of this sequence of time, Maya’s character conveys herself in a kind of initiation ceremony of the ‘Eilat experience’ that begins already on the journey to the southern city, at the regular stations known to every Israeli who made this journey before her. We don’t know who is she, but her presence is like a marking of a new territory in such an Israeli experience.
Director: Michael Liani
Writer: Michael Liani
Producer: Michael Liani
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Documentary, Experimental, Short – Art, Documentary, Experimental, shoart, Eilat, Isrsel
Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2021