Ahed's Knee

Director: Nadav Lapid
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 2.0

Filmmaker "Y" (Avshalom Pollak) flies out to a small village to screen one of his films at a library, is greeted by Yahalom (Nur Fibak) who works for the Ministry of Culture and Sport, talks about his mother (who has cancer but is his main collaborator), describes what his military service was like ... and then erupts over what he views as a "War on Art."  It begins intriguingly enough with a woman doing a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" but then proceeds to make a series of poor stylistic "choices" by having Y dancing in the desert to Vanessa Paradis' "Be My Baby," singing along to "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers, jamming to rap metal band Shabak Samech ... and getting out-of-control with the camera movements.  Lapid has a point to make about his own country - the title is a reference to Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, who's gotten into violent altercations with Israeli soldiers - and I agree that censorship should never be tolerated ... but I wish he'd have done it in a more composed and sophisticated manner (as opposed to resorting to hysteria).