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  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2017
  • 88 min.
  • Director(s): Eliran Elya
  • Producer(s): Oren Rogovin


Assi, a Tel-Avivian screenwriter, stuck in his life, is sentenced to community service to work with juveniles in Beersheba city. A story about a detached man who aspires to save delinquent youth through art, and about thoughtful teenagers who do not want to be saved.

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Eliran Elya


Oren Rogovin


Eliran elya


Shai Goldman


Arik Lahav Leibovich


Ran Danker, Adar Hazazi Gersch

Original Language



English, Spanish, French, Russian

Produced with the help of:

Israeli Film Fund, Gesher Film Fund, yes

Sound designer

Yossi Appelboum

Producer in charge

Asaf Nawi

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Best First Film Award
    Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Best Cinematography Award
    Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Commendation for Young Actor (Adar Hazazi)
    Jerusalem International Film Festival

Torino Underground Film Festival , Italy , 2020

Koszalin Youth and Film Festival , Poland , 2019

Tertio Millennio Film Fest , Italy , 2018

Santiago International Film Festival , Chile , 2018

Seattle International Film Festival , USA , 2018

Istanbul International Film Festival , Turkey , 2018

Jerusalem International Film Festival , Israel , 2017


  • The concept of a teacher guiding delinquent teenagers isn’t a premise unknown to film, and yet Doubtful, the feature debut by Eliran Elya, makes it feel as if it is.
    Film Inquiry (June 15, 2018)
  • Doubtful proves to be an intelligent, intimate, and potent first feature.
    Film Inquiry (June 15, 2018)
  • Dramatically powerful and thematically challenging, this is a remarkably impressive feature début.
    Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
  • A vivid look at a blackboard jungle, Israel style, based on a true story about juvenile delinquents who are influenced by a teacher who is himself an emotional wreck.
    Harvey S. Karten, Big Apple Reviews
  • Director-writer Eliran Elya's feature début is a very dark tale about tale two men struggling to stay afloat in a world which, seemingly, wants to drown them both.
    S. James Wegg, JWR

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