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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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Angel for a New Place

Angel for a New Place

On the Film Local Angel

Chapter:
(p.184) Angel for a New Place
Source:
What Does a Jew Want?
Author(s):

Alain Badiou

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0033

This chapter examines Udi Aloni's film Local Angel and its focus on the construction of a new place in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Local Angel addresses the question of the Palestinian plight as well as larger questions of war, violence, and history. The movie believes in the possibility of finding something in the situation that is a symbol of peace for everybody. Its conviction is that if we consider the situation from the real point of view of a subjectivity—composed of loyalty, faithfulness, and awareness of the other—we can know that the people who live in Palestine are something like the same as those who live in Israel. This chapter also considers the means of Udi's vision for a new place by linking it to the gap between four figures of messianism: Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Shabtai Tzvi, and Saint Paul.

Keywords:   film, Udi Aloni, Local Angel, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, war, violence, peace, Palestine, Israel, messianism

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