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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