A satirical video clip that supposedly depicts Hitler being enraged over the parking problems in Tel Aviv is gaining wide momentum, as well as several complaints by Holocaust survivors.
The makers of the clip took a scene from the 2004 movie “Downfall” and invented new subtitles in Hebrew. In fact, there are over 20 different versions of this clip, each depicting a different satirical scenario.
Someone translated the “Hitler’s looking for parking” subtitles to English, and this is the result:
I woke up this morning and read the news. Apparently there had been a televised debate on Channel 2 last night, between the three major contestants for the PM seat: Binyamin Netanyahu, Tzipi Livni, and Ehud Barak. Despite being a longtime advocate of such a debate — and as a self-admitted news junkie — I had no idea such an event was taking place last night.
Hosted by Dana Weiss, the so-called debate was in fact a condensed version of three separate mock interviews, where fierce journalistic inquiries were replaced by relatively dull questions submitted by internet surfers via YouTube. In other words, Livni, Bibi, and Barak weren’t debating each other. They weren’t even debating Dana Weiss. They simply answered questions for people who weren’t there in the studio!
Again, since I wasn’t aware of this “debate” last night, I hadn’t watched it, and this account of events is based on news reports who have dryly mentioned the televised spectacle this morning. To my defense, I can say that I knew of such a debate being in consideration, yet personally I didn’t catch any pre-event promos or sensed any hype about it, neither in the blogosphere, on the radio, or in the printed media. I don’t watch televised news much, so I can’t really tell whether this was promoted in advance by Channel 2 itself — though I assume it was.
They told me there was a debate yesterday. So much for a debate.
For the very first time in Israeli history(?), ordinary people get the chance to submit questions to the major candidates who compete for the Prime Minister seat.
YouTube — the video sharing hub, owned by Google — is holding an open contest, in which everyone is encouraged to submit a video footage of themselves raising a question for one of the candidates.
Channel 8 is one of the best channels available on the Israeli cable network HOT. The channel airs mostly documentaries, science shows, history and culture-related films, and the like.
Now, Flix is an Israeli social network revolving around videos — sort of like the Israeli version of YouTube.
This morning I learned that Flix and Channel 8 are joining forces in order to create the first Israeli communal documentary. The subject: My relationship with God.
How is it done? Very simple. Flix users are invited to upload video clips in which they talk about God, and about “What God means for me”. It doesn’t have to be a short speech. You can sing, dance, or film anything that is related to the subject. And if you don’t have a webcam, then you email Flix and their crew might even come to film you at home.
Obviously not all submissions will make it to the final cut. This depends on the director and the editors. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful chance to share with the world your view on God.
The result will air on Channel 8, and will also be sent to film festivals around the world. And although this isn’t an original idea, I have to say it is very intriguing, and I’d love to watch the movie when it is ready.