Each picture taken by photojournalist Ziv Koren is assuredly worth "...More Than 1000 Words," especially as seen in this slick, hard-hitting docu from multi-hyphenate (and aptly named) Solo Avital, which captures Koren's intensity in regard to both the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ordinary demands of being a husband and father.

Each picture taken by photojournalist Ziv Koren is assuredly worth “…More Than 1000 Words,” especially as seen in this slick, hard-hitting docu from multi-hyphenate (and aptly named) Solo Avital, which captures Koren’s intensity in regard to both the Arab-Israeli conflict and the ordinary demands of being a husband and father. Pic would make valuable viewing in kid fests and a variety of political-minded contexts, as well as on pubcasters worldwide.

A labor of love for Avital, peripatetic feature follows Koren, over several years, on rounds which turn out to be both extremely dangerous and highly circumscribed by Israel’s increasingly walled-in borders. Along the way, tall, shaven-headed photog puts tricky situations in context, whether sticking up for a Palestinian journalist under attack or shooting magazine covers for Newsweek and Time. Further commentary is provided by editors and colleagues, who have come to expect the impossible from him, and from his gorgeous actress wife, Galit Gutman, whom he admittedly keeps in the dark re his day-to-day pursuits. Pic crams in too much by following Koren to a Tokyo showing, but overall shows its subject as much more than meets the eye.

...More Than 1000 Words

Germany

Production

A Moovie: The Art of Entertainment (Berlin) production, in co-production with Medienfonds, with support from the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and TV. (International sales: Telepool, Munich.) Produced by Oliver Berben, Solo Avital. Directed, written, edited by Solo Avital.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Avital; music, Danni Reichental, Tomer Biran. Reviewed at Seattle Film Festival (competing), June 16, 2006. Hebrew, Arabic, English dialogue. Running time: 77 MIN.

With

Ziv Koren, Galit Gutman, Ariel Sharon.
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