At 14, my grandmother’s sister disappeared from her home in Israel. Years later, she started sending my family letters with a desperate plea for contact, written from a refugee camp where she lived as an Arab. My family chose to turn their backs. I discovered her letters after my grandmother died and set out on an emotional quest to uncover the past and to reveal the story of my torn up family. Noa Ben Hagai, Director. 


75 min., Israel 2009, Hebrew and Arabicþþþ, color, Digital Beta.

Director: Noa Ben Hagai

Cinematographer: Rani Einav

Editor: Erez Laufer

Additional Editing: Arik Lahav–Leibovich

Producers: Edna Kowarsky and Elinor Kowarsky 

  • In Competition ,For Feature-Length Documentary, IDFA, The Netherlands, November 2009
  • Amnesty International Human Rights Film Award,12. Ljubljana Doc Film Festival, Slovenia, March 2010
  • In Competition One World (Prague) – Int. Human Rights Documentary FF – Right to Know Competition, Czech Republic, March 2010
  • Official Selection Documentary Filmfestival Vera -Åland, Finland, March 2010
  • In Competition ,PLANETE DOC REVIEW FF, Poland, May 2010
  • Official Selection BELDOCS 2010 International Documentary Film Festival, Serbia, April 2010
  • In Competition MAKEDOX Film Festival, Macedonia, June 2010
  • In Competition ,DocAviv Documentary FF, Israel, May 2010
  • In Competition Seattle International Film Festival, USA, May 2010
  • Official Selection ETHNOCINECA – Ethnographic & Documentary Filmfest Vienna, Austria, May 2010
  • Official Selection Krakow FF – Focus on Israel, Poland, May 2010
  • Official Selection Film Festival “One World Slovakia” 2010-People in Peril Association,NGO, Slovakia, November 2010
  • Official Selection DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey, June 2010
  • Official Selection Magnolia International Documentary Awards – MIDA Panorama showcase – STVF, China, June 2010
  • Nominee Best Documentary Film, Israeli Film Academy Awards 2010, Israel.
  • Best Asian Documentary Award Shanghai TV Festival -Magnolia Award for Best Asian Documentary, China, June 2010.
  • Official Selection UKJFF, UK, November 2010.
  • Official Selection , Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, November 2010.
  • Official Selection , Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival, Italy, September 2010.
  • Best Documentary Award , The International Women’s Film Festival, Israel, September 2010.
  • Official Selection , Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, December 2010.
  • Official Selection , Jewish Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2010.
  • Official Selection , RIDM – Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, Canada, November 2010.
  • In Competition , 32nd International Mediterranean FF in Montpellie, France, October 2010.
  • The Second Authority for T.V & Radio – Channel 2, Israel.
  • Cinema Project, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Israel.
  • The Marc Rich Foundation for Education, Culture and Welfare, Israel.
  • Alter-Ciné Foundation, Canada

Noa Ben Hagai Graduated in 2004 from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School – Jerusalem and Completed her M.F.A in Film &Television studies at the Tel Aviv University in 2009. 2005-2010 Director of “Einstein in the Holy Land” – a film following the journey of Albert Einstein’s through his journal entries of his trip in the Holy Land; 50min documentary for Channel 1 – Israel. 2004- Co-Director & Editor of “Post Cards from Home” – a personal narrative of youth in the city of Ramla; 10 episodes documentary series for Channel 2 – Israel. 2003- Director, Producer & Editor of “Brave Land” (graduation film) – a personal journey to Cuba; 50min documentary for Channel 2 – Israel. 2002- Editor of the Cannes film Festival third place winner at Cin’foundation, “Questions of a Dead Worker”, as well as the award winning film “A Different War”.