Lectures

Lectures

1/ Danger zones


The stories how a journalist works in places which are not welcoming and endanger the life of inhabitants and traveler because of hostile climates, regimes or warring groupsTravel in badlands – The Bamian valley the Panjshir in Afghanistan, The war in Georgia, Cyclone in Myanmar, the land of Hezbollah in Lebanon, The massacre in Rachak that started the Nato intervention in Kosovo

2/ Shanti Shanti Balagan – Indian trip


50,000 young Israelis travel every year to India – To the Cannabis valleys of the Himalayas, to the Ashrams in Rishikesh, to the hills of Dharmasala, to the Ghats of Varanasi, to the red rocks of Hampi to the sweet enchanting lake of Pushkar.
Maybe because there is the world and its parallel world – India – a place which have mor Colors, architecture, philosophy, religions, smells, foods, people, spices and much more then everywhere else altogether.
3/ Opium

Opium & Cannabis growing became the major crop in the Sinai Peninsula. Painting the desert in colors never as before.
So how much money is grown and milked in Sinai?
If every Aker  (4 Dunams) yields about 40,000 $ and we speak about thousands of Akers- we speak about hundreds millions of dollars
A very big and profitable  industry no doubt. Expensive enough to oil all hands – official &  unofficial. A new golden triangle  
The local Bedouin society is going through a major change in the last 25 years because of the old drug.
It is not the first time that a new religion is penetrating the desert & changing the way of its inhabitants.
A journey from the red sea to Mount Sinai & the Opium fields.

The Silk Road


In the   summer of 1991 Tsur Shezaf went to cross Asia from Istanbul to Beijing on the  silk Roads.
It was a strange e time – the Soviet empire was gone and nothing else emerged yet.
He was probably the first westerner to cross central Asia un attended by KGB after 70 years of   Communism.
Between Georgia and the Chinese border he was accompanied by the king of Georgia Lado Bagrateyoni, traveling together in a battered "Lada" that was driven by the knight Zaza Zizishvili – an architect, adventurer and a man that waves his hands and catches passing money, drops them down and the money disappears.
The king was traveling the Asian Hashish roads to collect and renew the royal cannabidea collection in the royal botanical garden in Dusheti. Tsur shezaf was traveling to see the Silk Roads – to visit Tibilisi of Vachtang Gorgasali – the wolf head king, to  Samrkand of Timur the lame, to Taxila following Alexander the great, to Wu di's Xian & to  Beijing – the capital of Kublai – Xan Marko Polo's emperor.
Baku,  Buxara, Tashkent, Dushanbe & Osh. China and the Heavenly mountains, Pakistan & the Karakoram highway that crosses between Pamir & Hindu-Kush. And again to China   to legendary Kashgar & Turpan – the Silk Road's oasis and from there to Don Huang – the flaming torch at the far end of the big wall, to Xian & to the forbidden city & to the junks in Hong Kong.
The journey stitches past & present, imagination & adventure, sailing a ferry on the Caspian sea, rocking on a Chinese lorry in the Pamirs, singing in a slow train to the Khyber pass and in a loaded bus to Dara, a village on the Afghan boarder where weapons are manufactured on the street and plastic begs full of Hash are rolling on the ground. The  Silk Road.

5/ Iraqi Tour-From the Dawn of Civilization to Hammurabi's Division


Documentary, Israel, 2008,60 min, Hebrew Arabic and English, Hebrew subtitles.
On the day the Americans conquered Baghdad, Tsur Shezaf went to Iraq– “because the time after war is the most interesting time.” The film travels for a month in a broken country, Sadam is not gone yet, the Americans are sure they won the war. But as the films shows – the singes were on the wall and it turned out as the month before the real war began. A rare first person hair-raising documentation that reveals to an unknown Iraq.

6/ The Treasure Train


The Trans Siberian train is an old dream of many, but the most interesting of trains is probably the trans Mongolian that goes from Ulan Bator – the Mongolian Capital to Moscow. It is a passenger train that travels for 6 days and serves as a travelling market – the Mongolians buy the Chinese goods in Beijing and sells it to the Russians who run to the train stations at all hours & times of day and night. Bribe, violence grid & lust across Asia
7/A lift to Timbuktu


In the winter between 2005 & 2006 Tsur Shezaf crossed the Mediterranean to Tangier and made his way – trains buses, walking & hitchhiking to Timbuktu.
He almost lost his way in the high Atlas winter crossing the high ridge and travelled with a Citroen minivan that sunk on the tarmac through the sends of the Sahara with a couple of French who new nothing about dunes & desert nor about car.
A wonderful lucky trip.
8/ Across the Israeli Negev

Half of Israel is the Negev Desert. 10,000 Square Kms of wilderness connecting the Arab desert on the East and the Sinai desert on the West. Few springs, ancient cities of Nabataeans, Israelis & Bizantics, Bedouin tribes and maybe the place of Mount Sinai which is covered with thousands of rock inscriptions. , Canyons and craters.
The only place you can cross for days without seeing a person and must know your way to survive. Hilarious rough and charging travel

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