Joseph Cedar was born in New York in 1968 and immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of six. The son of Tzippi and Howard Cedar (she, a psychodrama therapist and he the 1999 winner of the Israel Prize for his work in molecular biology), Cedar studied philosophy and theatre history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is an NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate. Time of Favor is Cedar's first feature film. Cedar, a former infantry paratrooper with a yeshiva background, identified with this story on a very personal level. After three years of living on a settlement in Samaria, Cedar's perspective changed. "I began thinking about the high price the younger generation is paying for their parents' adventure." While he retains respect for the settlement movement, he has concluded that its willingness to suffer for the redemption of the Land of Israel blinds them, he says, "in two ways: one is to their neighbours, the Palestinians. They think they're paying the price, but their neighbors are paying the real price for the occupation." The second is the film's subject: "When you are swept up with total conviction regarding your mission and moral righteousness, the individual human being loses importance. What is the price the individual person should pay for the larger group?"
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|