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Ari Libsker

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Haifa
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 268,000. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city including the cities of the Krayot, as well as, Tirat Carmel, Daliyat al-Karmel and Nesher...

, is a young Israel
Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

i filmmaker and journalist. He has made several documentaries. His film Stalags (2008) featured in The New York Times and won several awards.

Film Making


One of his first ones, Circumcision (Israel 2004, 30 min, channel 2) dealt with the effect of circumcision
Circumcision
Male circumcision is the surgical removal of some or all of the foreskin from the penis. The word "circumcision" comes from Latin and ....

 on the sex life of Jewish people, connecting it to castration. Channel 2 tried to censor the movie and in the end broadcast it at a late hour. The movie got a lot of responses and critics.

Libsker is a film tutor and a business journalist for Firma magazine (Globes
Globes
Globes is a Hebrew language daily evening financial newspaper, published in Israel. According to TGI 2009 media survey Globes' market share rose 15% over the year to 4.4%. Its main competitors in printed media are TheMarker of Haaretz group and Calcalist published by Yedioth Ahronoth Group...

), the Israeli financial paper.

In the late 1990s he founded, with others the "Free Academy" group. In 2002 he starred as an actor in the short Baboon group film depicting the life of a Tel Avivan Van Gogh. Since 2004 he co-edits Maayan
Maayan
Maayan is an Israeli magazine for poetry, literature, art, and ideas. Its first issue appeared in the fall of 2004.-History:...

 Magazine, a magazine of poetry and ideas, and the film magazine Maarvon. One of their exhibitions was named "I Slept with Ari Libsker" and was held on a roof in Tel Aviv, another one was named "Sharon" on the connection between the wealthy Sharon plain area in Israel and the former PM Ariel Sharon
Ariel Sharon
Ariel Sharon is an Israeli statesman and retired general, who served as Israel’s 11th Prime Minister. He has been in a permanent vegetative state since suffering a stroke on 4 January 2006....

.

In May 2006 Libsker presented a video work called "Magic 2" at the exhibition Doron that refers to Doron Sabag
Doron Sabag
Doron Sabag is an Israeli art patron and a CEO of a big human resources contractor, O.R.S Sabag also runs Mehalev, a controversial Israeli version of "Wisconsin Plan" in the city of Ashkelon....

, exhibited in the Minshar gallery of Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv , officially Tel Aviv-Yafo , is the second most populous city in Israel, with a population of 404,400 on a land area of . The city is located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline in west-central Israel. It is the largest and most populous city in the metropolitan area of Gush Dan, with...

. It dealt with art and workers rights.

In 2007 Libsker worked on a feature documentary film called Stalags
Stalags (film)
Stalags is a 2007 documentary film produced by Barak Heymann and directed by Ari Libsker. The film examines the history of Stalags, pornography books that featured sexy female Nazi officers sexually abusing camp prisoners...

. During the early 1960s in Israel and the Adolf Eichmann
Adolf Eichmann
Adolf Otto Eichmann was a German Nazi and SS-Obersturmbannführer and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust...

 trial "Stalags" were pornographic booklet describing masochistic
Sadism and masochism
Sadomasochism broadly refers to the receiving of pleasure—often sexual—from acts involving the infliction or reception of pain or humiliation. The name originates from two authors on the subject, Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch...

 brutal sex relationship between Nazi women wardens and concentration camp prisoners. The film analyzes the reasons behind the phenomenon.

On September 6, 2007 Libsker was interviewed by The New York Times
The New York Times
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper founded and continuously published in New York City since 1851. The New York Times has won 106 Pulitzer Prizes, the most of any news organization...

on pre-release of his film. He said in part, “I realized that the first Holocaust pictures I saw, as one who grew up here, were of naked women. We were in elementary school. I remember how embarrassed we were.”.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/world/middleeast/06stalags.html.

A year later Libsker completed The Home Poem (Israel 2006, 60 min.) a movie that followed three people, one of them his grandmother and their relation to home. (The name "Home Poem" is in respect to the same titled book by poet Aharon Shabtai
Aharon Shabtai
Aharon Shabtai is one of the Hebrew language's leading poets, as well as a translator of Greek drama into Hebrew.-Biography:...

).

On 2010 he pretended to be a rich Croatian real estate genius to infiltrate the apartment of defense minister Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak is an Israeli politician who served as Prime Minister from 1999 until 2001. He was leader of the Labor Party until January 2011 and holds the posts of Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Binyamin Netanyahu's government....

 and try to purchase it from his wife Nili, for a Calcalist
Calcalist
Calcalist is a daily business newspaper published in Israel by the Yedioth Ahronoth Group. The group also publishes Yedioth Ahronoth, the country's most widely circulated newspaper. Calcalist was first published February 18 2008, and currently runs five days a week, with a weekend supplement...

 Hebrew magazine article http://www.calcalist.co.il/local/articles/0,7340,L-3393354,00.html.

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