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This debut short film documents the day I prepare for an online performance on mental disability.

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Born in Tel Aviv, Morani Kornberg has spent her life oscillating between the U.S. and the Middle East. She is a writer, artist, scholar and performer, and holds a dual-B.A. in Psychology/English and a Ph.D. in English/Poetics. She has taught literature and theory at Tel Aviv University, SUNY Buffalo, and UCLA. Morani's projects call into question our local and global interconnectedness – all with the aim of transforming our understanding of individual and collective identities. Morani’s debut non-fiction essay, “The Summer That Never Happened,” was a Finalist for Cosmonauts Avenue’s 2019 Non-Fiction Award. The essay explores motherhood in the backdrop of the 2014 Gaza War. Her poetry collection, Dear Darwish (BlazeVOX 2014), addresses the renowned poet Mahmoud Darwish and reimagines Israeli-Palestinian relations. She also translated Israeli-Anglophone poet Karen Alkalay-Gut’s Miracles & More (Keshev 2011) to Hebrew. Morani is currently developing two original television pilots, while completing a TV Writing Certificate at the Writing Pad. “Letting Go of Zelda” is her debut short film, which draws on her Solo Show on mental health and disability. more...

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