My parents, who live by the sea in Israel, went to the beach for their morning run. They came across a plastic water bottle with a rolled letter inside. They opened it carefully and it was a letter written in Arabic, signed by a man named ‘Mohammad son of Sabah’, and addressed to God. Mohammad was thanking God, not asking for anything for himself. The faith and absurdity represented by this little event moved me deeply. I decided to start my journey at sea, and see how it goes from there. I will be the bottle, containing a letter back to Mohammad, and who knows who will find it? Could be God, but could also be a ridiculous hazard. Maybe both. This is more or less how IT WASN’T THE RIGHT MOUNTAIN, MOHAMMAD was born. It is a tale about the absurdity of faith, of the existence, and of nature. But it’s also a tale of beauty and love, and hope. I chose to tell this tale in a synthetic video game universe, since, after all, the 3D is not so far from the Bible. Both can express higher aspirations and give access to a stage of primary perception – of when we first met the world and found our place in it.
In 1988 they had Mili Pecherer as a fruit of their love.
Why does one leave his homeland? We don’t know.
Therefore, Mili has taken off, and ever since she’s been strolling the byways, equipped with a small camera.
She documents in a free-flow her meetings with ordinary people and animals, in their everyday life, and transforms it into films.
Mili’s adventures have so far taken place in Israel, Finland, Russia, Spain and France, Supported by various institutions like the Bezalel Academy, VGIK, Lahti university of applied sciences, BilbaoArte and Le Fresnoy -Studio national des arts contemporains.
She currently lives in Marseille, in order not to be too far from the sea.
2019 IT WASN’T THE RIGHT MOUNTAIN, MOHAMMAD, short
2018 HOW GLORIOUS IT IS TO BE A HUMAN BEING, short
2017 LA VIE SANS POMPE, short
2014 YERUHAM OFF SEASON, short
2012 2PAC ITS OLRAIT, short
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Mili Pecherer
Written by: Mili Pecherer
Produced by: Bertrand Scalabre
Cinematography: Mili Pecherer
Editing: Mili Pecherer, Jean Hubert
Production Design: Mili Pecherer
Costume Design: Ferdous Azizi
Original Score: Eliav Varda
Sound: Arno Ledoux, Mederic Corroyer
Animation: Alexis Hallaert
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2020