Cinema Sabaya

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(Cinema Sabaya)

95 mins

Year of Production: 2021

Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Written and directed by Orit Fouks Rotem

CREW

Written and Directed by: Orit Fouks Rotem

Produced by: Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Maya Fischer,

Co-Producers:  Aurélien Bodinaux, Rhian Vialva

Associate Producers: Roni Shamiss, Adi Bar Yossef

Director of Photography: Itay Marom

Editor: Neta Dvorkis

Casting Director: Emmanuelle Mayer

Production designer:  Hefi Bohem

Assistant Director: Shay Rylski

Sound Engineer: Guilhem Donzel – GDZ'L Sound

Art Director: Hefi Bohem

Costume Designer: Rachel Ben Dahan

Hair and Make-Up: Orly Ronen

Original Music: Karni Postel

Supervising Sound Editor: Shahaf Wagshall

Sound design: Julien Mizac

Re-recording Mixer: Jean-François Levillain

Look Development: Tomer Bahat

Color Grader: Gregor Pfüller

Post Production Supervisors: Ayelet Michaeli Walk, Shiran Yalovich Sheleg

Development Producers: Yael Benaya, Gili Zloty

Line Producer: Thomas Alfandari

Supported by:

The Israeli Film Fund, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel - Wallonia-Brussels Federation, The New Israeli Film and Television Fund NFCT, Mifal Ha'Pais, Other Israel, Weill Bloch Foundation Prize, Haifa Film Festival – Work in Progress Prize

CAST

Liora Levi

Aseel Farhat

Orit Samuel

Marlene Bajali

Yulia Tagil

Ruth Landau

Amal Murkus

Joanna Said

Dana Ivgy

 

Mika Aharon

Jihad Babai

Mochammad Bilal

Khalil Borak

Omima Borak

Tevesh Eliahu

Alexandra Granin

Emily Granin

Marina Turenko

Yariv Zadok

Jacob Zinai

Synopsis

Nine women, Arab and Jewish, take part in a video workshop hosted by Rona, a young filmmaker. With each footage shot by the women, the group dynamic forces them to challenge their beliefs as they get to know each other.

Director's Biography

Orit was born in Israel in 1983. She graduated from the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel School with honors in 2012, winning her class’ ‘Promising Director’ Award. Her diploma film "Staring Match" was screened in festivals all over the world, including: San Sebastian, Montreal, Munich and won the Grand Prix award at the Hangzhao Festival in China, Best Screenplay Award at Tel Aviv Student Film Festival, and an Honorable Mention at the Jerusalem Film Festival. After graduating, Orit co-directed a documentary series for the Israeli Channel YES Doco; worked as a film facilitator and director for Israeli NGO, making films with at-risk youth; worked as a filmmaking teacher of groups of women in Acres and Givat Haviva. She also conducted research for a documentary by the Oscar-award-winning director Alex Gibney, and wrote and directed two short fiction films – "You Remain Silent", that was a part of the Abraham Heffner tribute "Voice Over" and premiered in Sarajevo and Jerusalem Film Festival 2018 and The MOMA, and "Veil" that that was selected to various festivals around the world including The Oslo Short Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival and Brussels Short Film Festival. Cinema Sabaya is Orit’s debut feature film.

Filmography

2012 - Staring Match (Drama, 20 min) – the film was screened in festivals all over the world, including: San Sebastian, Montreal, Munich and won the Grand Prix award at the Hangzhao Festival in China, Best Screenplay Award at Tel Aviv Student Film Festival, and an Honorable Mention at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

 

2018 - You Remain Silent (Drama, 10 min) – The short was part of the Abraham Heffner tribute film, "Voice Over" and premiered in Sarajevo and Jerusalem Film Festival 2018 and the MOMA.

 

2019 – Veil (Drama, 20 min) – Selected to The Oslo Short Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Brussels Short Film Festival and various other festivals around the world. The film was also nominated to an Israeli Academy award.

Festivals

The Jerusalem Film Festival 2021 – Winner of Best Israeli Debut and Audience Award