"a fascinating, complex and touching human story."
Jury's remarks, Jerusalem IFF
Nadia Kabir is a 20 year-old Arab young woman who has just graduated from the Jewish-Arab girls' school in Jerusalem. She is having a secret love affair with Nimer, an activist in a Palestinian Liberation Movement. When Nimer is sent to England on assignment, they are secretly married. In England, Nadia realizes the meaning of the step she has taken – severing her ties with her family and beloved mother, as she embraces a life of exile and escape.
When Nimer is caught by the authorities, Nadia is left on her own. She realizes that there is no option of returning to Israel; the authorities see her as a terrorist and to her family she has escaped and disgraced them.
Twenty years later, Maya, choreographer at a Jerusalem dance troupe, is married to Yoav, a senior official at the Ministry of Justice, an impressive and charming man. Being a pair of career-driven parents with two demanding children, each day requires planning and juggling to resolve a great deal of hubbub.
One evening, Maya spots a figure from her past. She hurries away. She does not say a word to anyone, but it won't let go, and she cannot sleep or go back to her routine. Yoav notices his wife's distress, and realizes that she's hiding something. Their relationship is on the verge of crisis.
The connection between the two heroines – Maya and Nadia – is the core of the film. This connection has a tremendous effect on everyone; it will drop a bombshell on Maya's family, and leave Nadia's mother in distress and grief. The film raises questions of identity, of the ability of society to accept the other and forgive their 'otherness'. It's a story about innocent individuals who pay a terrible price, the victims of a society that has gone awry, raising the question of when the private becomes political and the political becomes private, without the ability to separate the two.
Awards & Festivals
The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film, Jerusaelm Interantional Film Festival, July 2015
Cincinnati Jewish Film Festival, USA 2017
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA 2017
Worcester JCC, USA 2017
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA 2017
Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA 2017
Other Israel Film Festival, USA 2016
Embassy of Israel in Zagreb, Croatia 2016
REC Festival, Spain 2016
Israfest Foundation (LA Israeli FF), USA 2016
Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA 2016
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada 2016
SERET, Holland 2016
International Australia Jewish Film Festival, Australia 2016
La Costa International Film Festival, USA 2016
Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2016
Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA 2016
SERET, Germany 2016
Dallas Jewish Film Festival, USA 2016
FICS, Columbia 2016
The Hampton Synagogue, USA, July 2016
SERET, UK, June 2016
Jewish Motifs - Warsaw, Poland, May 2016
Seret-UK, March 2016
Keswick Film Club, UK, February 2016
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, November 2015
Jerusaelm Interantional Film Festival, July 2015
Director: Tova Ascher
Producers: Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Haim Mecklberg, Ruth Cats, Svetlana Barr, One-Eyed-Dog Films
Co-producers: Olga Barr, Zvika Nathan, Yigal Mograbi
Supported by: The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund, Israel Film Fund
Script: Anat Ascher, Tova Ascher
Cinematography: Talia (Tulik) Galon
Editing: Tova Ascher, Yair Ascher
Sound design: Gil Toren
Music: Ran Bagno
Cast: Neta Shpigelman, Oded Leopold, Ali Suliman, Eli Keren Assaf, Naama Amit And
Original language: Hebrew, English, Arabic
Subtitles: English, Hebrew