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"Call Me Bullie" - Film Screening and Director Q&A

A Documentary about Israeli Writer AB Yehoshua

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Image courtesy of Omri Lior

Through interviews with the "Israeli Faulkner" and archival materials, "Call Me Bullie" explores the life of one of Israel's most famed writers, Abraham B. Yehoshua. During the screening, the filmmaker will also share personal insights from working with Yehoshua and reflect on his project documenting Israel's leading poets and authors.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
UCLA School of Law, Room 1430
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Sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Center for Near Eastern Studies

About the Film

Abraham "Bullie" Yehoshua, one of Israel's foremost contemporary authors, is known for his gift of capturing the mood of contemporary Israel through his novels and plays. Omri Lior's film, Call Me Bullie, follows the life of the writer and playwright whose works have earned him several prestigious awards, including the Bialik Prize and the Israel Prize for Literature.

The film begins with Yehoshua's birth in 1936 to a fifth-generation Jerusalem family and tracks his journey as a writer through interviews and archival materials. In the conversations with the passionate and gregarious storyteller, Yehoshua explains how he acquired the "B" (for "Bullie") that made him AB Yehoshua and shares personal stories about his Sephardic heritage, his life in Jerusalem and Haifa, and his relationship with his parents. He also offers glimpses into his creative process and research and reflects on his early and most recent writings.

Running time - 61 minutes. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

About the Director

Omri Lior, is an Israeli documentary filmmaker, born in Haifa in 1952. Lior studied Telecommunications and Film at San Diego State University in California. After graduation, he returned to Israel and for the next 25 years worked as a producer/director, making a range of films and TV programs.

In 2001, Lior began studying Hebrew literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. During these studies, his project "Words with a View" first took shape. This documentary series - which includes the film Call Me Bullie - tells the stories of some of Israel's leading authors and poets through interviews and archival materials.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature