Directed by Dan Shadur (Israel, 2018, 87 min.). Digital. Hebrew with English subtitles. Massachusetts premiere.
Assembled entirely of footage from countless TV appearances, King Bibi: The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu charts the ascent of Israel's media-savvy prime minister. As his political fortunes rose, Netanyahu quickly perfected his skills as a master of public speaking and media manipulation. Through four decades of news conferences, interviews, and speeches, Israel's second-longest-serving prime minister exhibits an obsessive, near-faultless execution of his public image. Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump, Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of a toxic relationship with the media and direct communication with the public. Deconstructing the man who singlehandedly ushered Israeli politics into the 21st century with an American style of politicking, this potent portrayal reveals a controversial politician's instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.
“One of the best docs to hit the big and small screens this year.”—Washington Post
“It is striking to see such an elegant documentary that deals with the most burning subjects of our existence here, without being blunt and without preaching. This is a must watch . . . Anyone who thinks he knows anything about Netanyahu has to watch King Bibi.”—Time Out
Followed by a discussion with director Dan Shadur.