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Wild Kids

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2018
  • 52 min.
  • Director(s): Tal Pesses
  • Producer(s): Ron Ofer, Rotem Faran


Hidden behind heavy metal doors of an old Jerusalem bomb shelter, lies a tiny animation studio. Every week several children of Russian immigrants meet to create a colorful carnival of monsters and earthquakes. “Wild Kids” illuminates the subversive world of two talented teenage artists, Zalman and Aharon, through a period of adolescence as they discover their own identity. Zalman must decide whether to stay in Israel as Aharon strives for recognition of his radical artistic path. The studio leader, Max, lives art as an alternative way of life. The images they create together are integrated into their uncompromising world view.

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Tal Pesses


Ron Ofer, Rotem Faran


Tal Pesses


Tal Pesses


Dov Steuer

Original Music

Jonathan Bar Giora

Original Language

Hebrew, Russian, German


English, Hebrew

Sound Designer

Rei Elbaz

Produced with the help of

The Second Authority for Television and Radio, The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts, The Jerusalem Film & Television Fund at the Jerusalem Development Authority

Photos courtesy of

Ron Ofer Films

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Audience Favorite Award for Documentary Film
    Jerusalem International Film Festival

International Human Rights Film Festival in Albania, Albania, 2019

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, USA, 2019

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019

Master of Art International Film Festival, Romania, 2019

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2019

Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, Official Documentary, 2018