Movies

Zero Motivation

(2014, Directed by Talya Lavie)
Zero Motivation

If Lena Dunham had served mandatory time in Israeli military service, she might have been produced something like this as a result. A darkly satiric, roman a clef, Talya Lavie's debut feature loosely recounts her own service in the IDF. Two young women assigned to a remote desert base, Daffi and Zohar, fight to survive their own boredom, isolation, and the hostility of their superiors in ways both hilarious and horrifying, subverting expectations of women's service in ways that have been compared to M*A*S*H, The Breakfast Club, and Orange is the New Black.

Free and open to the public.


Part of the 2016–2017 film series at the Schlesinger Library.

Famously, one is "not born a woman, but made." But what is she before?

This year-long film series will explore the power, precarity, and politics of "girlhood" through popular mythologies of "the girl" in narrative arts and visual culture.

Each evening's feature presentation will feature a brief introductory program of opening remarks, film shorts, and/or selected readings.

Curated by Katie B. Kohn, a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in film and visual studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.