The Unorthodox

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 99 min.

The Unorthodox

  • Israel
  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 99 min.


When Yakov Cohen’s daughter is expelled from school for ethnic reasons, he decides to fight back. It’s 1983 and Yakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no knowledge, no money, no connections and no political experience. But he does have the will and the passion to take action, and a belief that he and and other Sephardic Jews should be able to hold their heads up high. Yakov brings two friends along and together they start the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem, with an operation characteristic of the people they represent: not the suit-wearing types, but rather the people working their way up from the bottom. Their operation is informal, full of love for their fellow man, animated by a great sense of humor and a whole lot of rage.



Eliran Malka


Ra'anan Gershoni

Executive Producer(s)

Rachel Paran, Idit Paran


Eliran Malka


Yaron Scharf


Arik Lahav-Leibovich

Original Music

Ophir Leibovitch


Shuli Rand, Yaacov Cohen, Golan Azulai, Yoav Levi, Or Lumbrozo, Tzahi Grad, Yigal Naor, Shifi Aloni

Original Language



English, French

Chief Producer

Yehonatan Paran

Head of Film Dept

Keren Michael

Production Company

Dori Media Paran, Tel Aviv

Production Design

Ido Dolev

Sound Design

Avi Mizrahi, Gil Toren

Supported by

Israel Film Fund, The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund at the Jerusalem Development Authority, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, HOT

Festival Highlights

Beijing International Film Festival, China , 2019

Victoria International Film Festival, Canada , 2019

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA , 2019

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel , Opening Night Film , 2018

Goa International Flim Festival, , Official Selection , 2018

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