a project by Amos Gitai
curated by Hou Hanru
Saturday 4 November 1995: the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated young practising Jew at the end of a major political protest. One of the founding fathers of the State of Israel, a politician of great standing thanks in part to his attempts at conciliation with the Palestinians, was therefore killed not by a terrorist but by a strictly Orthodox Jew.
Gitai’s project for MAXXI was born out of the film presented in its complete version at the Venice Film Festival, Rabin the Last Day, conceived not only a tribute to Itzhak Rabin 20 years after his death, but also as an attempt to portray the growing crisis in the Israeli society of today.
On show at MAXXI will be five video projections, including a number of extracts from the film and photographs and documents recounting its making.