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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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“I will tremble the underground”

“I will tremble the underground”

On the Film Forgiveness

Chapter:
(p.179) “I will tremble the underground”
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Slavoj Žižek

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0032

This chapter examines Udi Aloni's film Forgiveness and its critique of Zionism in an unconditional fidelity to the Jewish tradition. Aloni challenges the ruling liberal attitude by addressing different levels of ideology, art, and thought and achieves poetic power by creating new myths. Today, what we call the normal state of things has become indistinguishable from the state of emergency. The West is more and more often evoking some figure of fear and then promising protection from it. In such a scenario, the chapter suggests that the rhetoric of fear and emergency attempts to eclipse the act of thinking. It also discusses three major themes in Forgiveness: martyrdom, murder, and reconciliation. Finally, it considers the mechanisms of rules in the context of the underground.

Keywords:   film, Udi Aloni, Forgiveness, Zionism, state of emergency, fear, martyrdom, murder, reconciliation, underground

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