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The Viewing Booth

As a Jewish American is shown and reacts to images of occupied Palestine in real time, it challenges her beliefs. Her reactions form a one-of-a-kind testimony to consuming media in the digital age.
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Overview

“The Viewing Booth'' recounts a unique encounter between filmmaker and viewer–exploring the way meaning is attributed to nonfiction images. In a lab-like location, Maia Levy, a young Jewish American woman, watches videos portraying life in the occupied West Bank, while verbalizing her thoughts and feelings in real time. Maia is an enthusiastic supporter of Israel, and the images in the videos, depicting Palestinian life under Israeli military rule, contradict some of her deep-seated beliefs. Empathy, anger, embarrassment, innate biases, and healthy curiosity all play out before our eyes as we watch her watch the images. As Maia navigates and negotiates the images, which threaten her worldview, she also reflects on the way she sees them. Her candid and immediate reactions form a one-of-a-kind cinematic testimony to the psychology of the viewer in the digital era.

About

Ra'anan Alexandrowicz is a director, screenwriter and editor. He is known for the documentary The Law in These Parts, which received the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, a Peabody award, and numerous other prizes. His earlier documentaries, The Inner Tour and Martin, were shown in the Berlin Film Festival's Forum section and MoMA's New Directors/New Films series. Alexandrowicz's films have been released theatrically in the United States and Europe, and broadcast by PBS, ARTE, the BBC, as well as other television channels.

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The Viewing Booth

01: The Viewing Booth

Would seeing how we see change the way we think? As Maia Levy, a Jewish American and supporter of Israel, is shown and reacts to images of occupied Palestine in real time, it forces her to challenge her beliefs. Her reactions form a one-of-a-kind testimony to consuming media in the digital age.

72 min