By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul.
Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission.
Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples.
For I firmly believe that Jewish life, indeed any communal life, can only be organized according to democratic principles.
All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice.
In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
As an artist I have an even more abiding interest in the compact between the Arts and Government.
I am not a specialist but a general practitioner in the world of the arts.
Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival?
On the stage you're there, it's live. There's a beginning, a middle, an end. When something is funny you hear it right away.
No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation.
You always draw on your experiences with live audiences to know how to do comedy on films. You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later, but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it.
But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel.
I am a universalist, passionately devoted to the cause of equality within the human family.