Israel is experiencing unprecedented pro-democracy protests by civil society in response to legislation by the right-wing government, designed to limit the power of the judiciary as a check and balance on government. Documentarian Danny Ben-Moshe heads to Israel to see first-hand a protest movement attempting to prevent the unravelling of democracy. In his journey through the charged political process we experience what it is virtually like to be amidst the diverse and vibrant protests involving tens of thousands of people. This is a historic moment. The consequences are seismic for Israel, world Jewry, the peace process and relations with the Arab world. Whichever way the political process goes, this is a story that matters, with lessons for democracies everywhere. Following the arc of the legislation will the protestors succeed, will the government back down, will protests descend into civil disturbance, or, if the legislation passes, could the country descend into civil war?
Danny is an established documentarians whose films have screened globally on the BBC, ABC & PBS. He won Australia’s top documentary prize, the Walkley Award, for CODE OF SILENCE which lifted the lid on child sex abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He has made multiple prime-time top rating shows in Australia, such as OUTBACK RABBIS (SBS, 2018) as well as films for BBC Storyville, such as MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN (2017) which was ‘Critics Choice’ in the Sunday Times. His SHALOM BOLLYWOOD documentary had its world premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival & was reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter as “lively, upbeat and entertaining”.