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  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2014
  • 90 min.
  • Director(s): Avigail Sperber
  • Producer(s): Ilanit Bauman

Synopsis

Ariela, an Ethiopian girl, was adopted by the director’s parents. Each of her nine older siblings chose a unique path to follow. Only Ariela forces the family to contend with alcoholism, petty thefts, and prison. Will her family be able to love her unconditionally? As the director explores the fragile bonds of her family, she must also deal with the break-up from her girlfriend and with raising their child.

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Credits

Director(s)

Avigail Sperber

Producer(s)

Ilanit Bauman

Script

Avigail Sperber

Cinematography

Avigail Sperber

Editor

Ido Haar

Original Music

Ronit Rolland

Original Language

Hebrew

Subtitles

English

Produced with the help of

Yes Duco, NFCT, Avihai fundation

Broadcaster

Yes Docu

Sound designer

Aviv Aldena

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Best Israeli Film Award
    Docaviv International Film Festival
    2014
  • Winner

    Best Cinematography Award
    Docaviv International Film Festival
    2014
  • Winner

    Best Documentary Feature Award
    Israeli Documentary Film Forum
    2014
  • Winner

    Best Cinematography Award
    Israeli Documentary Film Forum
    2014
  • Winner

    Best Editing Award
    Israeli Documentary Film Forum
    2014

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2016

UK Jewish Film Festival , UK , 2015

Flahertiana Intenational Film Festival , Russia , 2015

San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2015

Outfest Film Festival , USA , 2015

Krakow Intenational Film Festival , Poland , 2015

True/False Film Fest , USA , 2015

Reviews

  • A deeply honest and sympathetic portrait of a multi-generational family in crisis, this film brilliantly parallels the struggles of an adopted daughter with those of cultural, ethnic, and religious assimilation.
    From True/False International Film Festival 2015
  • Bold, cinematic work that mixes the richness of fiction with the sincerity of real-life.
    From Jury Statement for Best Israeli Flim Award, Docaviv 2014
  • A film whose camera has an intuitive sense of being at the right place.
    From Jury Statement for Best Cinematography Award, Docaviv 2014

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