Orna Ben Dor
The Fury and the Compassion –
Autobiography as a Toolbox for documentary filmmaking
Orna Ben Dor can make her audience laugh and cry at the same time.
The woman who made millions of people around the world cry to the story of second-generation Holocaust survivors, who exposed the Israeli nouveau riche in a light and amusing way, that made it the most-watched guilty pleasure in the country, can tell you the secrets behind making great television through her own extreme and unconventional life story.
What gives meaning to life, and how can we live free from feelings of regret, frustration and sorrow?
Ben Dor offers insights each of us can apply to our own professional and private lives.
The Fury and Compassion - Autobiography as a Toolbox for Documentary Filmmaking
Prolific documentary filmmaker Orna Ben Dor (whose films include “Because of That War,” “Guilty in Death,” “Israeli Sex,” “Mother, I Did Not Kill Your Daughter,” “Unbearable Pain,” “Oy Mama,” “Life and Death” and more) reveals significant milestones in her personal life as sources of inspiration and healing in her films.
“Growing up in a loveless and violent house, I learned the hard way about fury and compassion, two sides of the same coin, which became tools that form the very foundation of my documentary making.”
Through her work, she learned about the healing powers of the camera. She says, “It is not by chance that I became a documentary filmmaker. I believe you have to have a giant wound in you to push you into this grinding line of work. Some might say documentary filmmakers are like doctors; they can be found where it hurts. And so, day after day, I spent my time with suffering, distress, injustice, the festering wounds of others, which became my own.”
Ben Dor explores and exposes worlds which exist right under our noses, and yet we know nothing about them. As soon as they are revealed, our perception of reality is forever altered.
In her lecture, Ben Dor speaks about the ramifications her films have had on her own life.