A film by Thomas Nordanstad and Erik Pauser
Running time: 54 min. First broadcasted in Sweden , April 7 2004 on
SVT channel 2.
Production company: Brandklipparen and Outside productions.
This is the second holocaust you are starting here!”
-Zvi Mazel, Israeli Ambassador to Sweden 16 of January 2004 at the Historic Museum in Stockholm
"If that is art, then what I did is diplomacy”
- Zvi Mazel
“An ambassador of a government who uproots trees, demolish houses, kills people...of course he can destroy an art piece...of course... He can burn a museum if he wants!”
-Eyal Sivan, Israeli filmmaker
The film about the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden that in January 2004 attacked and tried to destroy an exhibition at the Historic Museum in Stockholm.
The event made world headlines in 350 newspapers and 100 TV and radio stations all over the world. The exhibition,”Making Differences” was a cultural manifestation in conjunction with the conference “How to prevent genocide” initiated by Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and the Swedish government. This is the story of what really happened.
Many commentators state that never before has an individual piece of art caused such political turmoil. History was written when Ariel Sharon and the Israeli government openly supported the attack on the art installation made by the Israeli born Jew Dror Feiler and his wife Gunilla Sköld Feiler. A diplomatic crisis ensued when Israel threatened not to come to the genocide conference if the installation was not removed, and the story snowballed into international media attention.
The film tells the story from the inside and features the people that where directly involved in the incident and the exhibition, the artist behind the work that was attacked as well as other artists, filmmakers, politicians and political commentators.
The film features Ambassador Zwi Mazel, artists Dror Feiler and Gunilla Sköld Feiler, Israeli Prime minister Ariel Sharon, Swedish Prime minister Göran Persson, Swedish foreign minister Laila Freivalds, Koffi Annan, filmmakers Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan, artists, Amit Goren and Yoav Shamir and others.