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40 Steps

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2022
  • 78 / 59 min.
  • Director(s): Gad Aisen, Manor Birman (Co-Director)
  • Producer(s): Gad Aisen


In the southern region of Tel Aviv, the municipality has founded a new elementary school called “My Neighborhood,” which will bring together students from diverse backgrounds, including refugees’ children. In an outrageous move, they have cleared half of the buildings associated with the longstanding religious school “Roots” to make room for the new school. The two school principals have been tasked to manage this partnership, which involves bringing together non-Jewish refugee children and Orthodox children at just a 40 steps distance from one another, all while navigating the challenges of a neighborhood torn apart by gentrification, secularization, and calls to expel refugees.

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Gad Aisen, Manor Birman (Co-Director)


Gad Aisen


Gad Aisen, Manor Birman


Noga Weisman

Original Language

Arabic, Hebrew, English


English, Hebrew

Produced with the help of

Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, Mifal Ha'Pais

Sound Designer

Ronen Nagel


Dan Ozeri

Festival Highlights


    Beyond the Screen Award
    Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival
  • Special Mention

    Feature Documentary Category
    Social Impact Media Awards

Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival , Israel , Beyond the Screen , 2022

Ethnografilm Paris , France , Official Selection , 2023

MDOC - Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival , Portugal , International Feature Competition , 2023

Religion Today Film Festival , Italy , 2023

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