A group of Arab and Jewish women attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by Rona (Dana Ivgy, Zero Motivation), a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv, who teaches them to document their lives. As each student shares footage from her home life with the others, their beliefs and preconceptions are challenged and barriers are broken down. The group comes together as mothers, daughters, wives, and women living in a world designed to keep them apart, forming an empowering and lasting bond as they learn more about each other… and themselves. Inspired by writer-director Orit Fouks Rotem’s own experiences as a teacher, Cinema Sabaya presents a deft and heartfelt portrait of art’s capacity to unite disparate communities, moving effortlessly between the gravity of their conversations and the genuine joy of this unlikely group of friends. Israel’s Official Submission to the 95th Academy Awards and winner of five Ophir Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Joanna Said). Includes Q&A with director Orit Fouks Rotem.
WHY WE LIKE THIS FILM: “Cinema Sabaya showcases women from different backgrounds and yet we see the women have more in common than they thought.” Barbie Scharf Zeldes, SAJFF Committee Chair.
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May 28 '23, 10:00 AM — Jun 11 '23, 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST)
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RUN TIME: 92 Minutes
LANGUAGE(S): Hebrew, Arabic
DIRECTOR(S):Orit Fouks Rotem
SCREENWRITER(S):Orit Fouks Rotem
CAST:Dana Ivgy, Joanna Said, Amal Murkus, Ruth Landau, Yulia Tagil, Marlene Bajali, Aseel Farhat, Orit Samuel, Liora Levi, Khawlah Hag Debsy