The Awakener: The Story of YH Brenner

Yair Qedar

In 1921, six dead bodies were found near the so-called “Red House” which stood in an isolated spot in the orchards on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. One was the body of Y.H. Brenner, a brilliant author, a sharp critic of his generation, a man of ambiguous sexuality and the compelling voice of a raging prophet. An official report, written shortly after the event but immediately sealed, was discovered only recently. It is featured in this film, along with animated sequences by David Polonsky (“Waltz with Bashir”), conversations with Brenner scholars, rare period stills, and selections from his works.

Directors: Yair Qedar

Script: Yair Qedar

Research: Yair Qedar

Producers: Yair Qedar

Production company: Yair Qedar

Editing: Ayala Bengad

Filming: Yaniv Linton, Idan Glickzelig

Animation: David Polonski, Roi Nitzan

Soundtrack: Aviv Aldema

Music : Avi Baleli

56 minutes | Israel | 2015 | Hebrew

Produced by
  • Avi Chai Foundation |
  • Channel 1