LETTERS TO A REFUSING PILOT. VISUAL ARTS

In the summer of 1982, at the beginning of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, an Israeli Air Force pilot was ordered to bomb a structure on the edge of the Ain El-Helweh refugee camp in the southern city of Saida. The pilot saw from the cockpit that the target could only have been a school or a hospital and refused the order. He cut off communication with officers on the ground and dropped his explosives into the sea. Word of this 'refusing pilot' spread throughout Lebanon and became an urban legend; an unbelievable tale of an Israeli Jew allegedly from Saida, who refused to bomb the Public School for Boys he was said to have attended as a child.

Venice Biennial, 2015

Year

Client

2013

AKRAM ZAATARI

Service

Creative Direction

Art Direction

Design and Illustration

2D Animation

Creative studio

The Council

Production team

Producer: Nadim Shartouny

Creative direction: Ali Kays

VFX supervisor: Sebastien Riavec

Concept art: Ali Kays

3D modeling: Sebastien Riavec, Ali Kays

Compositing: Nadim Shartouny, Sebastien Riavec

Animation: Nadim Shartouny, Sebastien Riavec, Ali Kays

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