Wake Up, Grandson

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2024
  • 93 min.
  • Director(s): Renen Schorr Heller
  • Producer(s): Renen Schorr Heller


Director Renen Schorr’s journey in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Rabbi Avraham Heller, hero of the 1948 War Battle of Safed, a deeply religious town. Spiritual vs. Secular, Faith vs. Film, Holy Safed vs. Hedonistic Tel Aviv.


In a 25-year exchange of letters between paterfamilias and grandson, the elder begs the young filmmaker to forsake Truffaut for tradition and carry on his legacy. When the request is rebuffed, a surprising final wish comes from the grandfather, “Make a movie about me”.


In the epilogue, the director undertakes the legal act of changing his name and official identity to Renen Schorr Heller and goes out to Safed to direct a scene scripted by his grandfather when his life was coming to an end.

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Renen Schorr Heller


Renen Schorr Heller


Renen Schorr Heller


Gal Rumbak, Yaniv Linton


Noa Keidan

Original Music

Ehud Banai

Production Company

Blues Productions LTD


Renen Schorr, Lily Yudinski

Sound Design

Aviv Aldema


Yoav Raz

Festival Highlights

Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel, Masters Section, 2024