Unsettling is a feature-length documentary made by Dr. Iris Zaki, an award-winning filmmaker known to use first person quirky narratives to depict closed communities. Made as a social experiment, Unsettling was broadcasted both locally and internationally, including on the NY Times’ OpDocs. The documentary has been shown in over 30 film festivals worldwide and has won numerous awards in the US, Israel & Italy.
When Iris Zaki enters the heart of Tekoa, a trendy Israeli settlement in the West Bank, to talk to the locals, tension fills the air. None of the residents want to speak to the media, and they fear the left-wing invader who has entered into their territory with her invasive camera. After Zaki sets up a pop-up film studio, the settlers gradually open up to her, and their honest and surprising self-perceptions of their role in the conflict are revealed in ways that offer a fresh take on Israeli reality and sometimes a few laughs.
“A simple set-up with a powerful result” Senses of Cinema
“One of the documentaries you won’t want to miss” AnOther Magazine
“Between artistic practice and political activism” CPH:DOX
“Challenges well-worn stereotypes about the other, leaving filmgoers with a more complex story than they had expected” Sinai Abt, KAN PBC
Festivals: BFI London Film Festival; CPH:DOX; New Horizons; Docaviv; Santa Barbara International; DOK.fest München Cinedoc Tbilisi; Dokufest Kosovo; Astra, Romania; EDOC Ecuador and more.
Awards & Nominations: Special Mention for Best Feature - SIMA Awards, US; Bob Simon award for Best Film – Other Israel, US; Audience Jury Award – Terni Film Festival, Italy; Shortlisted for One World Media, UK; Nominated for Best Documentary – Israeli Documentary Forum
Genre: Documentary Film
Co-Produced by: Ananey Studios (fka Nutz Productions) & Kan Israel Public Corp.
Duration: 1 x 70'
Network: Kan 11