The Dead of Jaffa

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2019
  • 96 min.

The Dead of Jaffa

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2019
  • 96 min.


Three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel, arriving at the doorstep of George and Rita’s house in Jaffa. Their mother is dead, and their father has been sentenced for life. As Israeli Palestinians, George is afraid that hiding illegal aliens will endanger Rita and himself, while Rita believes the arrival of these children could give meaning to her life. Nearby, a foreign film is being shot. Jerry, an English director, is making a movie about his parents’ love affair in 1947, when they served in the British army in Palestine. George is invited to play a part. When the two stories intertwine, tensions erupt.



Ram Loevy


Itai Tamir


Tony Copti, Ami Livne, Yair Rotlevi, Ligad Rotlevy, Zipora Loevy, Gabriela Gutman, Danny Barnea, Ram Loevy


Gilad Evron, Ala Hlehel


Yoram Millo


Neta Braun

Original Music

Ran Bagno


Yussuf Abu Warda, Ruba Bilal-Asfour, Jonny Phillips, Salim Daw, Maya Flamm, Jihad Babay, Maysa Daw, Alon Dahan, Ori Yaniv, Bilal Babai, Coral Zakkak, Khaulah Al Haj Dibsi

Original Language

Hebrew, Arabic, English



Sound Design

Michael Goorevich

Festival Highlights

DOK.fest Munich, Germany , 2020

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA , 2020

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel , Feature Competition , 2019

  • ”The Dead of Jaffa” Is a cinematic masterpiece, weaving together Israeli and Palestinian realities, memories real and imagined, usable past and an entirely untenable present
    Olga Gershenson, Professor of Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies & Film Studies, University of Massachusetts

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