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AKA Nadia

  • Israel, Great Britain
  • Feature
  • 2015
  • 115 min.
  • Director(s): Tova Ascher
  • Producer(s): Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Haim Mecklberg, Ruth Cats, Svetlana Barr, One-Eyed-Dog Films


Can a person reinvent herself without dealing with consequences from her past? For over 20 years, Maya Goldwasser has lived as a Jewish career woman, wife and mother, whereas in fact she was born as Nadia, daughter to a Muslim family. More than 20 years after she has abandoned her previous identity, her past rears its head again. Through the unique story of its heroine, the film contemplates life in a society ridden by profound intolerance and xenophobia.

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Tova Ascher


Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Haim Mecklberg, Ruth Cats, Svetlana Barr, One-Eyed-Dog Films


Olga Barr, Zvika Nathan, Yigal Mograbi


Anat Ascher, Tova Ascher


Talia (Tulik) Galon


Tova Ascher, Yair Ascher

Original Music

Ran Bagno


Neta Shpigelman, Oded Leopold, Ali Suliman, Eli Keren Assaf, Naama Amit And John Hurt

Original Language

Hebrew, Arabic


English, German, Polish

Supported by

The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund, Israel Film Fund

Sound design

Gil Toren

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Award for Best Performance for main actress Neta Shpigelman
    Fiuggi Film Festival
  • Winner

    The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film
    Jerusalem International Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Axelrod Film Festival, USA, 2017

Fiuggi Film Festival, Italy, 2017

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2017

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (Winter Fest), USA, 2017

Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2017

Other Israel Film Festival, USA, 2016

Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2016

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2016

La Costa International Film Festival, , 2016

Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016

Washington Jewish Film FestivaL, USA, 2016

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, 2015

Jerusaelm Interantional Film Festival, Israel, 2015

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  • "A fascinating, complex and touching human story."
    - Jury's remarks, Jerusalem IFF