Synopsis: 

Danielle, a Jew who grew up as a Muslim in Morocco, struggles for the right to bring up her son Nasser. Nine years after she was torn away from him and moved to Israel where she built herself a new life, she returns to Mekness to fight for custody over him. From her home in Jerusalem, where as a single mother she raises a 6 year old daughter, she sets off, apprehensive about the meeting with her son, now 14, whom she hardly knows and with her Muslim family, from which she drifted so far apart. She expects to face difficulties due to the Moroccan laws but to her surprise, she finds that the real difficulties come from the society in which she lives. Whilst Nasser, who so movingly reconnects with her, develops hopes to finally reunite with his mother, the Jewish bureaucracy takes its time and puts at risk the fragile confidence built between them. 

Technical:

70 min., Israel 2009, Moroccan /Hebrew,color, DigiBeta.

Director: Yifat Kedar, Sari Ezouz

Cinematographer: Gonen Glaser

Screenwriter: Yifat Kedar, Sari Ezouz

Editor: Sari Ezouz

Producers: Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky

  • Best Editing Prize,Docaviv documentary film festival, Israel 2009
  • In Competition ,The International Women’s Film Festival, Israel, September 2009
  • Official Selection,6th AICE Israeli Film Festival in Melbourne & Sydney , Australia, August – September 2009
  • Official Selection,Tiburon International Film Festival, USA, March 2010
  • Official Selection,Sheba Film Festival, USA, May 2010
  • Official Selection ETHNOCINECA – Ethnographic & Documentary Filmfest Vienna, Austria, May 2010
  • Nominee Best Documentary Film, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2010, Israel.
  • Official Selection , San Francisco Jewish FF (USA, August 2010)
  • Official Selection , Jewish Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2010.
  • Keshet, Channel 2, Israel
  • The New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and T.V

The Human drama of a young mother and her family, torn between two countries and conflicting identities, continually in pursuit of their true homeland. The editing succeeds in conveying the protagonists’ most intimate moments while respecting their privacy. (Docaviv documentary film festival 2009, Best Editing Prize)

“…An intriguing documentary that raises a number of questions related to religion and identity. Recommended.” (Peter Krausz, Australian Film Critics Association)

Yifat Kedar – Director & Scriptwriter Yifat Kedar has directed over 11 documentaries and worked with the leading tv programs in Israel. She won international prizes for 2 of her documentary films. Among her recent works “Code Name Silence” – Documentary 50min. Channel 2, Israel, 2004-2006 A film which reveals a well kept secret of Israel’s Ethiopian community, where Ethiopian girls were raped by immigratrion officers and forced to give sex services in return to receiving the right to emmigrate. Awards & Festival screenings: Jury Citation award-Warsaw Jewish Motives FF, Poland, Fipa IFF, Calgary IFF, Toronto JFF, Haifa IFF, Taiwan FF, Mid-Ulster Ireland. “Between The Lines” – Documentary, 60 min. Channel 8, Israel, 1998-2001 The personal story of the left wing Israeli journalist Amira Hass – a true fighter for the rights of the Palestinians and the only Jewish Israeli woman who dared to live in the occupied territories during the fighting of the Intifadas Awards: 1st prize for Best Documentary –The Spirit of Freedom competition– Jerusalem IFF Broadcasters: France 2, RTBF Belguim; Discovery Channel (26 countries) Dr-Tv Denemark; USA- History Channel; Europe Kqed; Al Jezzira-London “Queen” – Documentary, 50 min. Channel, 8, Israel, 1999 A film that deals with the phenomena of violence against women through the story of two women who experienced rape and violence. They share their fears and try to stop feeling victims by acting and singing at a theater group they establish.

Sari Ezouz – Director, Scriptwriter & Video Editor Sari Ezouz is a leading Israeli scriptwriter and editor. She won international prizes for editing and scriptwriting for both feature and documentary films. Among her recent works: “Or-My Treasure” – Scriptwriter & Video Editor –A Feature film, 100 min. Director: Keren Yedaya. Winner of Camera D’or – Cannes 2004 and Best Film & Best Script Award – “Critics week” – Cannes 2004 as well as more than 20 other international Awards “Zion and his Brother” – Video Editor -A Feature Film-80 min. Director Eran Merav. Coproduction- MK2- France, Norma- Israel Sundance Film festival 2009. “Seeds of Summer” – Video Editor – Documentary, 63 min. Director: Hen Lasker. Israel, 2007. SPECIAL JURY MENTION – RIDM – Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal 2008,The Jerusalem International FF 2007, Brooklyn International FF 2008, Monterrey International FF 2008, Sofia International FF 2009, International Women’s FF Dortmund 2008 and more. “A Hebrew Lesson”- Scriptwriter & Editor – Documentary. 123 min. Director: David Ofek. Israel, 2006. Best Editor Award and Best Director Award – Jerusalem IFF 2006, Jury Award – Slow Film Festival Hungary, July 2007 Opening Film at the Lincoln Center– New York JFF 2008.