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The Syrian Patient

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2017
  • 61 min.
  • Director(s): Racheli Schwartz
  • Producer(s): Gal Schwartz


Under cover of darkness soldiers transfer wounded Syrians into Israel. Military ambulances bring these unknown wounded from the Syrian border. Most of them are unconscious. Maged has lost the lower part of his face. He is brought immediately to the operating room of Dr. Eyal Sela, the director of the ENT unit, he had operating him for nine hours. Majad begins to draw paintings for Dr. Sela, The two develop a special relationship. Shacha, a 35 year old woman, from Syria and her 10 year old son Rashid who is fighting for his life. He lost his legs and his body filled with a chemical bomb bacteria.

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Racheli Schwartz


Gal Schwartz


Racheli Schwartz


Amos Rafaeli, Yosi Seles


Yael Perlov

Original Language

Hebrew, Arabic



Support provided by

Rabinovich Foundation, Gesher Foundation, The Other Israel Film Fund


Israeli Broadcasting Corporation

Sound Design

Hizik Cohen

Photo Credit

Gal Productions

Festival Highlights

Greenwich Jewish Community Center, USA, 2019

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019

Israeli Film Festival Macedonia, Macedonia, 2018

Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2018

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2018

LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2018

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2018

Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA, 2018