Under the aegis of Renen Schorr, the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel School has produced some of the most exciting student films in international cinema today. In continued recognition of the School’s vibrant 30-year history, MoMA presents the Alumni Trilogy, featuring the North American premiere of The Voice of Ahmad (2019). For these collaborative anthologies, which also include Footsteps in Jerusalem (2013) and Voice Over (2018), prominent Spiegel graduates including Nadav Lapid, Nir Bergman, Tom Shoval, Moran Ifergan, David Ofek, and Shadi Habib Allah were invited to reflect on three influential, and controversial, works of 1960s Israeli cinema—David Perlov’s In Jerusalem (1963), Avshalom Katz and Ram Loevy’s I Am Ahmad (1966), and Avraham Heffner’s Slow Down (1967)—through contemporary short films of their own. Created in a region where the past is very much alive in the present, the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Alumni Trilogy reminds us of the enduring power of art to provoke and inspire.
Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film. Thanks to Renen Schorr and Ayelet Menahemi.