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Udi Aloni is an Israeli American filmmaker and artist whose projects in films and visual arts frequently explore the discourse between theology and politics. He began his career as a painter, establishing the radical Bugrashov gallery in Tel Aviv. His movies and visual art projects have been presented in various leading museums, galleries, and film festivals around the world, among them the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Berlin, Toronto, Tokyo, Locarno, and Buenos Aires film festivals. In all of his activities, including university lectures, conferences and demonstrations, Aloni is a strong voice in promoting justice, peace, solidarity and love between Israel and Palestine. His work includes correspondences with the most pre-eminent philosophers of our time, including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Avital Ronell, Judith Butler, and Tony Kushner, who describe him as a unique and revolutionary thinker. In the last five years, Aloni has concentrated on making films and writing. He is currently on the advisory boards of Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Film Coach of the Freedom Theater, Jenin Refugee Camp. His book What Does a Jew Want? was published by the Columbia University Press in 2011.