SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Vegetative Love - a film by Dror Shohet

Vegetative Love film
Dr Yair Wallach (SOAS)

Date: 18 January 2017Time: 3:15 PM

Finishes: 18 January 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Film

A meditation exploring the place of trees in urban landscapes, arid desert planes, farming communities, and fields across Israel-Palestine. The film follows five characters, each of whom has a special relationship to trees – unfolding different attitudes of men to nature.

Watch the film trailer.

Dr. Erez Perry, Artistic Director of Cinema South Festival said: "This unique film shows strong formalist sensibility and capture the collective unconscious of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a patience observation at nature. Vegetative Love visually incarnates the famous poem by one of the great Hebrew poets, Shaul Tchernichovsky who wrote in 1923: 'Man is but a small piece of land / Man is but an image of his homeland's landscape'."

The film will be followed with a discussion with the film director, Dror Shohet and Dr Hagar Kotef, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Politics at SOAS.

Co-organised by SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies and the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS).

Dror Shohet

Dror Shohet, born in Tel Aviv 1982, to a family of Jewish Iraqi descent. Studied animation at Bezalel academy in Jerusalem, and fine art at Rietveld academy in Amsterdam. BFA in Film Studies, Sapir school of audio and visual arts in Sderot. Won excellence prize award from the Department of Fine Arts, MFA, Haifa University on her video-art Haya, 8 min (2011). Participated at the Vilnius Artist In Residence (2012). Living Room - solo exhibition at Malonioji 6 Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania. Won Best Film Award for her documentary film Vegetative Love, 35 min, Cinema South Festival (2012). Won Young Filmmaker Award from The Israeli Film Council - the Ministry of Culture and Sport (2015).