Leaving Paradise

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2021
  • 86 min.
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Leaving Paradise

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2021
  • 86 min.

Synopsis

Cleo fulfilled his dream: to leave the big city with his wife and fifteen children, to establish a family commune on a farm in Brazil. Exploring their family-roots leads the children to discover their surprising heritage, which undermines the existence of the communal paradise.

Credits

Director(s)

Ofer Freiman

Producer(s)

David Noy, Yoram Ivri

Co-Producer(s)

Ofer Freiman

Script

Ofer Freiman, Kobi Netanel

Cinematography

Ofer Freiman

Editor

Kobi Netanel

Original Music

Alberto Schwartz

Original Language

Portuguese, Hebrew, English

Subtitles

English

Sound Design

Yossi Applebaum, Michael Emmet

  • WINNER

    Best Editing Award
    Salem International Film Festival
    2021
  • WINNER

    Best Documentary Film
    Haifa International Film Festival
    2020

Festival Highlights

Krakow International Film Festival, Poland , FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS section , 2021

Salem International Film Festival, USA , Official Competiton , 2021

Tempo International Film Festival, Sweden , 2021

Australia Jewish Film Festival, Australia , 2021

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, USA , 2021

Haifa International Film Festival, Israel , Documentary Competiton , 2020

  • A wide-ranging documentary epic that depicts with a humane, loving and curious look the formation and disintegration of a utopian, wild and controversial dream - a family commune in the heart of a beautiful Brazilian forest. A wonderfully shot film, edited and directed with great talent, that never ceases to surprise, excite and illuminate questions of personal and communal Jewish identity while touching fascinating universal issues of family relations, patriarchy in the modern world, tension between nature and progress and a wide range of individualistic and existentialist worldviews.
    Jury's Reasoning for Award, Haifa International Film Festival, 2020

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