Voices from the Booth

General Information

Israel, 2014 | Documentary, 49 min.

Director: Lina Chaplin
Producer: Daniela Reiss and Lina Chaplin


We meet them at school gates, in underground parking lots, at the entrances of shopping malls, and many other places. There are tens of thousands of security guards in Israel, most of them of Russian origin. Although they are everywhere, we do not see them—they are transparent. They immigrated to Israel at an advanced age and found themselves doing security work in order to survive. Many of them used to be well-respected professionals or artists in their pasts. The heroes of our film—former musicians, a writer and a surgeon—insist on remaining creative in spite of it all – an optimistic note in the quasi-tragic destiny of these people.

Awards & Festivals


Best Music Award, Israeli Documentary Film Forum, 2014
Best Editing Award, Israeli Documentary Film Forum, 2014



St. Petersburg Consulate, Russia, December 2015

JCC Manhattan, October 2015

Jewish Motifs - Warsaw, Poland, May 2015

Israeli Film Festival Moscow (Embassy), Russia, May 2015

Australia Jewish Film Festival, Australia, November 2014

Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel, May 2014


Director: Lina Chaplin
Producer: Daniela Reiss and Lina Chaplin
Produced with the help of: Rashut 2, Mifal Hapais, Keren Gesher
Screenplay: Lina Chaplin & Bracha zisman Cohen
Cinematographer: Ofer Harari
Editor: Bracha Zisman Cohen
Sound designer: Rotem Dror

Original Language: Hebrew and Russian
Subtitles: English and Hebrew



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