THE PAGEANT

A film by Eytan Ipeker
2020, 82 minutes
No. 276
Documentary


THE PAGEANT
$375.00
Description
The workers of the Yad Ezer Lechaver organization are busy making phone calls. They are trying to find contestants for the 2016 editionof the Miss Holocaust Survivor beauty pageant. In another room, potential contestants are interviewed by Heli Ben-David, Grace Queen in Miss Israel 1979. In order to participate, the survivors have to retell their traumatic story one more time.

Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In the midst of this flashy spectacle sponsored by an Evangelical Christian organization, the personal traumas of the survivors remain as deep as ever. A documentary about how memory, politics and spectacle are interconnected.

Festivals
Official Selection, Visions du RĂ©el
Official Selection, Sarajevo Film Festival
Official Selection, Istanbul Film Festival

Reviews
"The Pageant (...) is able to use its feature-length to raise more of the troubling psychological aspects of the event, in a non-conclusive, humbly observational manner that never presumes to condemn the choices of its subjects." -- Modern Times

"The film accuses without a word, in a very efficient and intelligent way, the radical strangeness, not to say the sweet obscenity, of its subject." -- Le Monde