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PHOTONOVELLA

Documentary   |   Israel   |   2012   |   58 min

Hebrew, Arabic   |   Subtitles: Hebrew, English

synopsis

A 12 year-old girl must complete an ancestry assignment for school, but what begins as a boring task slowly becomes a sweeping drama that unearths the buried secrets of three generations of one family - from before the outbreak of World War II on to the Holocaust and ending with the fall of the kibbutz's socialist idealism. What does this heavy historical burden mean for a young girl today, one who lives through social networks, soap operas and telenovelas? A first-person documentary about the unsettling thought that life is a chain of events governed by coincidence and not by individual choice.

credits

Director: Chen Shelach

ProducerDuki Dror

Script: Galia Engelmayer Dror

Cinematography: Philippe Bellaiche

Editor: Duki Dror

selected festivals & screenings

world distribution

The film exposes the fact that humans are hardly trees and that their roots are often the equivalent of psychological radioactive waste which one should approach with extreme caution.
-YNET

TORONTO JEWISH

FILM FESTIVAL

2013

2013

UK

JEWISH FILM

FESTIVAL

2

2014

JERUSALEM

JEWISH

FILM FESTIVAL

CHICAGO FESTIVAL

OF

ISRAELI CINEMA

2013