Udi Aloni is an Israeli/American filmmaker and artist whose projects in films and visual arts frequently explore the discourse between theology and politics.
He is currently on the advisory boards of Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Film Coach of the Freedom Theater, Jenin Refugee Camp.
His book “What Does a Jew Want?” will be published in the Columbia University Press in spring 2011.
He began his career as a painter, establishing the radical Bugrashov gallery in Tel Aviv.
His movies and visual art projects have been presented in various leading museums, galleries, and film festivals around the world, among them the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Berlin, Toronto, Tokyo, Locarno, and Buenos Aires film festivals.
In all of his activities, including university lectures, conferences and demonstrations, Aloni is a strong voice in promoting justice, peace, solidarity and love between Israel and Palestine. His work includes correspondences with the most pre-eminent philosophers of our time, including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Avital Ronell, Judith Butler, and Tony Kushner, who describe him as a unique and revolutionary thinker. In the last five years, Aloni has concentrated on making films and writing.
Biographical Notes & Filmography (last 15 years)
2009 Kashmir: Journey to Freedom PANORAMA DOCUMENT opening night Berlinale
2009 Journey in Palestine with philosopher Alain Badiou
2008 New York. Premiere of Forgiveness
2007 “Forgiveness and Retribution”: Symposium with Judith Butler, Jewish Book Week, London
2007 Jury Member, Panorama – Berlin Film Festival.
2006 Artist in Residence, European Graduate School
2006 Forgiveness (Feature Film)
2005 – 2006 Symposia and Lectures with Slavoj Zizek
2005 Rolling in the Underworld’s Tunnels (book, Hebrew, published by HaKibbutz Hameuchad)
2004 Local Angel (book, ICA, London)
2004 Innocent Criminals (Music Video)
2002 Local Angel (Documentary Film)
1996 Left (Documentary Film)
1996 Re-U-Man Inaugural Presentation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1995 The Book of Sham, New York