2019 TIFF Movie Review: AFRICA (Israel 2019) *** Directed by Oren Gerner

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AFRICA is a cinematic MRI of an aging parent from the hands of his son, Blurring the lines between fact and fiction.


Oren Gerner

AFRICA is set in the village of Beirut near the border of the West Bank where director Oren Gerner films his father, Meir (Meir Gerner), a 68-year old engineer retiree who is coming to terms with the problem of old age.  

He passes his time with his Alsatian dog and his wife, in his daily routines.  Life becomes especially meaningless when he is denied organizing the village ceremony which he has done in the past 30 years.  Why is the film called Africa?  Reason is that he and his wife visited the continent in the past and memories are now taking effect.  Africa brings back pleasant memories.  

The film provides a candid look at what it means growing old and making meaning out of what is left in life.  Gerner’s film moves at a leisurely pace allowing the audience to ponder at the film’s material.  Mildly funny but occasionally melancholy in its outlook on life.

Trailer:  (unavailable)