by Yann Atzmon
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Whether you see it as a documentary or an extended promotion for The Wandering Who, Gilad and all that jazz nails it both ways, and gives a detailed portrait of an extremely talented musician, a very controversial writer and an OK father.
Anyone who wants to form an opinion of Gilad through the movie may have to lower their expectations. Though a brilliant film, it is also rather neutral towards his views. The only reason I have an opinion of his work is because I’ve lived with him my whole life. This neutrality may have actually been a clever choice, as it will probably make newcomers to Gilad go out and read his work.
The editing is amazing as well. To me, some scenes felt disjointed, as in some sections the focus changes a bit too hastily from one topic to another, (they even show a scene of my mum cutting my nails. EEK!) but this is minor. Simply put, this is a well-made insight into my dad’s ideas, life and the controversy that has surrounded him over the years.
After watching the film in the extremely comfortable seats of the Soho Hotel cinema, we had a Q&A session with the director, Golriz Kolahi and the producer, David Almouti, where some interesting questions were asked, and were replied with satisfying answers. And if her appearance in the film wasn’t embarrassing enough (you will see what I mean), Naomi Wimborne Idrissi made a fool of herself at the Q&A, where she didn’t even succeed in asking a question. However she did succeed in irritating the audience, she didn’t completely fail. Afterwards, we went into the drawing room, were everyone was engaged in lively conversation about different issues. I think everybody ate afterwards, but I was not there because I had to go to bed… But in whole, both the film and the event presenting it were an enjoyable experience.