Q&A with Filmmaker Dan Shadur

Brilliantly assembled entirely of footage from countless TV appearances, King Bibi: The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu charts the ascent of Israel’s media-savvy prime minster. As his political fortunes rose, Netanyahu quickly perfected his skills as a master of public speaking and media manipulation. Through four decades of news conferences, interviews, and speeches, Israel’s second longest-serving prime minster exhibits an obsessive, near-faultless execution of his public image. Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump, Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of a toxic relationship with the media and direct communication with the public. Deconstructing the man who ushered Israeli politics into the 21st century with an American style of politicking, this potent portrayal reveals a controversial politician’s instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.

“One of the six best docs to hit the big and small screens in [this year].” —Washington Post

“You really must watch King Bibi.” Haaretz

“It is striking to see such an elegant documentary that deals with the most burning subjects of our existence here, without being blunt and without preaching. This is a must watch…Anyone who thinks he knows anything about Netanyahu has to watch King Bibi.” —Timeout

“A stirring experience…fascinating and enlightening.” —Walla (Israel’s most read website)

Dir: Dan Shadur | Israel | 2018 | 87m | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

PARTNER: Israel Campus Roundtable

Watch The Trailer

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)