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GIADO

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2023
  • 55 min.
  • Director(s): Golan Rise, Sharon Yaish
  • Producer(s): Hagar Alroey

Synopsis

At the young age of 20, Yosef Dadosh was among 3,000 Jews sent from their homes in Benghazi to the Giado concentration camp nestled in the heart of the Libyan desert. Amidst extreme conditions, he bravely chronicled life within the camp through a secret diary. For seven decades, his diary remained locked away in a closet, concealed from the world, until after his passing.

Yosef’s diary provides an extraordinary and rare window into the harrowing routine at Giado. It captures the atrocities endured by its inhabitants in real time, offering an intimate and chilling account of their suffering. Despite his dedication to raising awareness about the Holocaust of Libyan Jews and fighting for its recognition by the State of Israel, Yosef chose to keep his personal ordeal hidden from his own children.

In an endeavor to bring this compelling story to life on the screen, a unique model of the camp was constructed and photographed. Through the use of animations, this model serves as a visual bridge, connecting the haunting texts of the diary with the stark reality of the camp. The resulting film merges historical accuracy with a distinctive cinematic language, offering a powerful and immersive exploration of Yosef’s profound journey and the dark legacy he left behind.

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Credits

Director(s)

Golan Rise, Sharon Yaish

Producer(s)

Hagar Alroey

Executive Producer(s)

Golan Rise, Sharon Yaish - Tripolis Productions

Script

Golan Rise, Sharon Yaish

Cinematography

Racheli Rusinek, Rami Katzav

Editor

Tal Shefi

Original Music

Haim Frank Ilfman

Original Language

Hebrew, Italian, Arabic

Creative Director

Arit Gordon

Design, Painting, and Rotoscope

Adi Gershon

Animation and Visual Compositing

Ran Jurgenson

Miniature model design

Ranei Mazor

Colorist

Aharon Peer

Research

Michal Ron, Hagar Alroey, Ori Tor

Sound Designer

Aviv Aldema

Funding Bodies

KAN - Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation, NFCT, Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany

Festival Highlights

Jerusalem Film Festival , Israel , Documentary Competition , 2023

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