The Boy

  • Israel
  • Short
  • 2023
  • 25 min.
  • Director(s): Yahav Winner
  • Producer(s): Yahav Winner


Avinoam and Barak, father and son from a Kibbutz bordering the Gaza strip, are forced to deal with another round of rockets and combat, each in their own way. One night, Barak reaches a boiling point and Avinoam is forced to absorb the heat.

The filmmaker, Yahav Winner, was murdered by Hamas terrorists on the October 7th massacre after attempting to stall them in order to allow Shaylee Atary, his wife, to escape with their newly born daughter Shaya.

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Yahav Winner


Yahav Winner


Yahav Winner


Ben Peled


Shaylee Atary


Yoram Toledano, Nimrod Peleg

Festival Highlights


    Best Cinematography
    Tel Aviv International Students Film Festival

    Best Screenplay

    Prix Interculturel Award

Tel Aviv International Students Film Festival, Israel, Students Competition, 2023

FilmFestival Cottbus, Germany, Special Screening, 2023

Rochester JFF, USA, 2024

Winnipeg JFF, Canada, 2024

Toronto JFF, Canada, 2024

Brooklyn Film Festival, USA, Official Selection, 2024

JxJ Festival Washington, USA, Official Selection, 2024

Marblehead JFF, USA, 2024

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2024

Vancouver JFF, Canada, 2024

New Hampshire JFF, USA, 2024

Houston JFF, USA, 2024

Hamilton JFF, Canada, 2024

NIFF - Nice Israeli Film Festvail , France, 2024

Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Paris, France, 2024

Seattle JFF, USA, 2024

East Bay JFF, USA, 2024

Vienna JFF, Austria, 2024

Naples JFF, Italy, 2024

Columbus JFF, USA, 2024

Cincinnati JFF, USA, 2024

Tucson JFF, USA, 2024

Charlotte JFF, USA, 2024

Palm Beach JFF, USA, 2024

Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2023

Sillicon Valley JFF, USA, 2023

HollyShorts Monthly Screening, USA, 2023

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, 2023

Warsaw JFF, Poland, 2023

Boulder JFF, USA, 2023

Maine JFF, USA, 2023

FilmFestival Cottus, Germany, 2023

Austin JFF, USA, 2023

Bucharest JFF, Romania, 2023

Girona FIlm Festival, Spain, 2023

Barcelona JFF, Spain, 2023

Ocean County Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2023

Rome International Film Festival‏, Italy, 2023

KOLNOA Israeli Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2023

Miami JFF, USA, 2023

Charleston JFF, USA, 2023

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  • "This film alarms us urgently to how war becomes our everyday reality. We are deeply sorry that he is not with us to celebrate this great achievement. "
    - 42nd FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH Jury Motivation for Best Screenplay Award
  • "Avinoam and Barak, father and son on a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip, farm their fields without saying a lot. Barak’s gaze keeps wandering to the other side of the gigantic barbed-wire fence. This film depicts this (generational) conflict in images that are emphatically calm, but beneath the surface the tension is seething and the situation threatens to escalate."
    - 42nd FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH Jury Motivation for the Prix Interculturel Award