CINEMA SABAYA World Cinema

CINEMA SABAYA

Talent attending in-person screening: Orit Fouks Rotem (Director).

Rona is teaching a film class to a diverse group of eight women. The class becomes the catalyst for deeper discovery as these women bond over their shared experience. While completing the exercises and assignments, the issues of modern-day Israel and Palestine are exposed, leaving the students no choice but to acknowledge and confront them. Inspired by writer/director Orit Fouks Rotem’s own experiences as a teacher, the film provides no easy answers to the complex circumstances these women face. The film moves effortlessly between the weight of the conversations and the genuine joy of this unlikely community. CINEMA SABAYA is as complex as it is powerful – a feat for a first-time director – and shines a light on how unifying art can be, even in the most contentious of situations. –Eric Moore

Orit Fouks Rotem, an Israeli writer and director, graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem and won her class’ Promising Director Award. Her feature debut CINEMA SABAYA played at the Warsaw International Film Festival and the Jerusalem Film Festival, where it won the Best Israeli First Feature Award.

Gaëlle Palluel
Memento Films International
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Details

Country: Israel

Year: 2021

Director: Orit Fouks Rotem

Screenwriter: Orit Fouks Rotem

Producers: Maya Fischer, Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland

Director of Photography: Itay Marom

Editor: Neta Dvorkis

Production Designer: Hefi Bohem

Music: Karni Postel

Cast/Featuring: Dana Ivgy, Joanna Said, Amal Murkus, Ruth Landau, Yulia Tagil, Marlene Bajali, Aseel Farhat, Orit Samuel, Liora Levi, Khawlah Hag Debsy

Running Time (minutes): 92

Languges: Hebrew, Arabic

SUPPORTED BY

USC School of Cinematic Arts

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