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Tekoa is a trendy hipster colony for Israeli settlers on the West Bank, where none of the controversial residents want to speak to the media. From the moment filmmaker Iris Zaki arrives, tension fills the air. She sets up a small pop-up film studio in the middle of the small town, and stays put for over one month in order to meet the young settlers face to face. A simple intervention, which creates a complex chain of reactions from those who eventually agree to talk to her. From a woman who in the middle of an interview admits to being a fascist, to another who has survived a knife attack by a young Palestinian – and has forgiven him. 'Unsettling' is made by Iris Zaki alone as a social experiment that highlights the contrasts and contradictions of the settlers' self-perception, but which does so in something as rare as an active conversation with them. A conceptual ploy that places Zaki's film in the field between artistic practice and political activism, and which reaches beyond blind criticism. (CPH:DOX brochure)
Official Selection CPH:DOX 2018 - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
70 mins
Dr. Iris Zaki 1st Feature
Dr. Iris Zaki
Oren Yaniv
Dr. Iris Zaki, Oren Yaniv
Director of Photography
Or Azulay
Production Note
This film was produced an element of Iris Zaki's PhD programme at Royal Holloway, University of London

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Last updated 14th March 2019

Production Company

UK, Israel co-production

Dr. Iris Zaki
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