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21 Days Inside

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2019
  • 65 min.
  • Director(s): Zohar Wagner
  • Producer(s): Zohar Wagner


The body of a two-year-old toddler is found at the bottom of a well in a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert. His mother is arrested the very same day, suspected of committing murder. During 21 days of detention and interrogation, police officers exploit her weaknesses in order to make her confess to the crime.
The film is comprised of police archive materials and original reenactments techniques, thus recounting the horrific life story of a traditional Bedouin woman.

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Zohar Wagner


Zohar Wagner


Amikam Shilo

Original Music

Frank Ilfman

Original Language

Hebrew, Arabic


English, French

Sound Design

Ronen Nagel


Matt Rota

Festival Highlights


    Impact Grand Prix

    Best Editing Award
    Torino Underground Cinefest

Torino Underground Cinefest, Italy, Competition, 2021

Ethnocineca‎, Austria, 2020

Flying Broom Film Festival, Turkey, 2020

Fipadoc, France, Competition, 2020

Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel, Competition, 2019

Le Mois du film documentaire, France, 2020

Arab Women Film Festival, Denmark, 2021

The Association of Israel Studies Conference, USA, 2021


  • "[The film is awarded Best Editing Award] for the mastery with which he manages to unravel the narration of a story, which perhaps would have remained hidden, through a skilful mix of archival documents, recordings, interviews and animation. We were particularly struck by the use of the latter to describe the background of the Bedouin woman and of symbolic objects, such as dolls, to evoke the innocence of dramatically broken childhood. "21 Days Inside" courageously recounts the condition of a woman who can easily expand to that of all women, a condition that is expressed through an emotional crescendo supported by coherence and fluidity offered by the editing itself."
    - Jury's remarks on Best Editing Award at Torino Underground Cinefest