In my mind, the feeling of “revelation” is like floating away on the ocean. You enjoy the sun, the waves, the beauty that surrounds you… when suddenly, the beach is nowhere to be seen. But then, just as you wonder how you got here, an island reveals itself: great, full of mystery and possibilities, pleasurable and painful alike. It sheds a different light on all the seemingly meaningless experiences that led you there, turning each wave into a step towards this newly-discovered goal.
This feeling, of being led to an emotional-intellectual climax through light-hearted yet profound observation, is what I felt when watching the TV Dictionary entries and what also immediately brought Fleabag to mind. Fleabag’s emotional journey over both seasons is comprised of many tiny self-discoveries and revelations experienced by herself (as a character) and by the audience.
Beyond this, working on the video held many other revelations in store for me to come across. I found that the TV Dictionary format allowed me to take a playful yet highly thematically-attuned approach to the material, each dictionary definition of “revelation”/”to reveal” uncovering additional thematic layers. Suddenly, I had a clear way of stating the previously unspoken or undefined. I hope this feeling comes across to the viewers as well, and that it creates an experience where, just like in Fleabag, the profound emotional sum is greater than its fun and light-hearted parts.
Sharon Abramovich is a Ukrainian living in southern Israel, and an undergraduate at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University. Her video essay, ‘Art and Ambiance’ was shortlisted for the Festival Adelio Ferrero Video Essays Award (2023).