section Facing the Fear – Cinematic reflections on terror, trauma and resistance


  • Tal Inbar
  • IL
  • 2022
  • 53

Six years after an attack in a popular café in Tel Aviv, the filmmaker meets survivors who are still traumatized today... Parallel montages of surveillance camera images illustrate the shocking brutality of the attack.

They wore suits and sat, just like the other guests, at Café Brenner in Tel Aviv's popular Sarona market. It was June 8th 2016. At which point, out of nowhere, two 21-year-old Palestinian assassins shot indiscriminately at the café’s guests with machine guns. Panic broke out. Four people died and many more were injured. The shock sat deep. Six years later, filmmaker Tal Inbar speaks to survivors both Jewish and Arab. Through the authentic images of the surveillance cameras, she places the shocking and brutal events within the context of these memories. A young woman today still mourns her father, one of the victims. An Arab father was able to save his son; in the years that followed however his family fell apart. As a viewer one has seldom observed the shocking brutality, one that erupts out of nowhere, of an assassination attempt from such close proximity as in these images and testimonies.

Text: Jörg Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby

Supporting Films: MAALBEEK (Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, FR 2020, 16 min) & WATU WOTE (Katja Benrath, DE/KE 2017, 22 min)

After the screening of CLOSED CIRCUIT the panel Politics of the images of terror will take place on Sa, 22 June at 13:30. The panelist are Benjamin Fischer (Program Director Alfred Landecker Foundation) and Miro Dittrich (Senior Researcher CeMAS - Center for Monitoring, Analysis and Strategy) Language: German, admission free, Filmkunst 66 - Saal 2.


original title CLOSED CIRCUIT

international title CLOSED CIRCUIT

german title CLOSED CIRCUIT

JFBB section Facing the Fear – Cinematic reflections on terror, trauma and resistance

  • director Tal Inbar

country/countries IL

year 2022

duration 53

Portrait of Tal Inbar

Tal Inbar

BIO Tal Inbar, a graduate of Sam Spiegel School of Film and Television in Jerusalem, is an independent filmmaker based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. During her studies, in addition to directing a short fiction film, she directed "The Home Front", a short documentary about the Sarona terror attack, with which she won several prizes including first place for students' documentaries in the Indian Cine Film Festival. Inbar was also a guest speaker at three universities as part of the MGSDII art residency in San Diego, California. These days, after working as a content editor for the social media of Channel 13, she screened the first full length documentary she directed at the 2022 Docaviv FF. The film is an extended version of the Sarona terror attack story. The project is supported by YES, one of Israel’s most prominent broadcasters and produced by Nancy Spielberg, Tal Becher, Yoav Zeevi and Omri Uzrad.