At the outskirts of the Tel Aviv “bubble” a play is enacted nightly, with hundreds of work-seeking migrants and asylum seekers waiting to enter the Immigration Offices, their gateway to a better life. By midnight, hundreds of people have lined up, most of them Ukrainian. Most of them won’t get in anyway, and even the few that do will go through a procedure that doesn’t provide much chance of success.
Backwards encapsulates the refugee crisis into a single night: exhausted multitudes of people patiently persisting in their effort to begin a new life—as the rest of the
Efrat Cohen, Hilla Shitrit
Russian, Hebrew, English
Produced with the help of:
Rabinovich Foundation , The Israel Film Council, Ministry of Culture and Sport; Channel 8 HOT; The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television
Tomer Avraham, Dana Gelman
Channel 8, HOT
WINNERSpecial Jury Award for Student DocumentaryIDFA2018
Astra Film Festival , Romania , DocSchool Competition , 2019
International Human Rights Film Festival , Albania , 2019
Palm Springs International Film Festival , USA , 2019
IDFA , Netherlands , 2018
Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival , Israel , 2018
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