A film by Aalam-Warqe Davidian

SHORT | ISRAEL | 2016 | 26 MINUTES

FACING THE WALL

International Premiere

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Surni, 14, wakes up to the first day without her love, Eli. She is in an Israeli absorption center. She keeps her eyes and ears closed, she won’t leave her bed, she just tries to shut out her new reality and pretend she never left Ethiopia.
Her family attempts to get her out of bed. As the hours go by, her mother, who was at first blind to Surni’s suffering, finds a way to reach out and helps her say goodbye to the world they left behind.

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Starring Tehlia Yeshayhu,
Sapier Sanke, Shula Mola


 

Production company Black Sheep Film Productions
Producers Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari
Line Producer Stav Meron
Cinematographer Daniel Miller
Editor Margarita Balaklav
Production Designer Michal Enbar
Production Manager Mai Tzaban, Gal Nae
Sound Designer Shahaf Wagshal
Sound Recordist Yonathan Barri, Itay Morag
Casting Maayan Rassin
Music Ophir Leibovitch

Festivals & Awards

WINNER Best Independent Short -  TLV IFF 2016 
WINNER Best Short Film -Jerusalem IFF 2016
WINNER Best Short Film- Festival De Cine Africano 2017
WINNER Best Short Film - Tarifa-Tangier AFF 2017 
WINNER Best Director - San Diego JFF 2018

Clermont-Ferrand FF 2017 (France)
Other Israel 2016
Palm Springs Short FF 2017 (USA)
Toronto International FF 2017 (Canada)
Toronto JFF 2017 (Canada)
Festival Olhares do Mediterrâneo 2017 (Portugal)
Flickers’ Rhode Island IFF 2017 (USA) 
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2016 (USA)
Mashariki African FF 2017 (Rwanda)
Seret FF London 2017 (UK)
Rhode Island Flicker fest 2017 (USA)
Heartland Film Festival 2018 (USA)
San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2018 (USA)