Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni wins the Berlinale Film Festival’s Silver Bear for best documentary for his film “Istiyad Ashbah” (“Ghost Hunting”), a reenactment by former inmates of what takes place at Israel’s main interrogation center.
Andoni, 49, recreated the interrogation room in a Ramallah basement, with former inmates discussing prison life and the humiliations they endured during detention.
According to a review in Variety, which called it an “ethically problematic documentary,” the film uses the outdated notion of acting out one’s trauma as a means of catharsis, as Andoni watched his actors verbally and physically abuse one another.
Andoni, who was himself detained at age 18, placed a newspaper ad looking for former prisoners for his film.
The film mixes graphics with live action.
Andoni’s previous film was “Fix Me.”
— Jessica Steinberg