Blossoms of the Spring
Documentary film (part one) and printed documentary (part two)
Here is a story about an ultra-orthodox Jew.Geoffrey Max Mordecai Spiro is a converted Breslov who settled in the West Bank. Leaving his wife and two children in Norway to find a new meaning of life, he found a group of ultra-religious Jews who use techno music and tagging in their struggle for world peace. At the start of this quest, the subject was located between states. He lived in a cave while building a house of recycled material. In 2012 I debuted as director with this documentary. It was how I got acquainted with my father; the subject. The first episode of the documentary is a film, while the second part was commissioned publishing.
The movie was well received in the Arabic world. Underneath is the poster for its screening at FUICLA in Agadir, Morocco.
From his self-built home, my Mordecai had a view of the West Bank, Dead Sea and Jordan.
The house has since been torn by the Israeli state and Mordecai has been required to move from the plot. Instead of responding to extortion, he made a new solution. Now he and his wife sleep outdoors.
The village "Ibei HaNacha" occurred after Mordecai arrived on the spot. It is now millitarian-protected. Here, Jews follow the prophecy of Rabbi Nachman. Most people live in caravans.
The journey from Jerusalem to the village carries through Palestinian territory. The buses are equipped with bulletproof windows, so civilian passengers can travel to school and work without worrying about being shot. On this bus there was a failed attempt.
Film: Daniel Spiro
Article Published by PLOT
Article written by Kaia Eriksen
Photos and caption by Daniel Spiro
Assistent: Sigmund Evensen