Israel 2003, 76 min, Hebrew, Hebrew subtitles
In June 2002, a bus on its way to Tiberius from Tel Aviv was bombed.
17 people were killed, 16 were identified. No. 17 wasn’t.
He was buried a few weeks later as ‘John Doe’.
The police stopped searching, believing that he must have been a foreign work immigrant.
This is where the filmmakers step in, documenting in real time over a period of six months the search for the identity of a man no one claimed missing.
This mode of investigation simultaneously examines the those involved in a process that oscillates between the acts of looking for and providing identities, as it depicts a society living under the constant shadow of death. When it seems that the investigation has reached a dead end a vague lead appears, followed by resolution none could have imagined.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, Hot Docs (The jury award)
Production: Edna & Elinor Kowarsky
Production Company: Eden Productions
Editing: Arik Lahav-leibovitz
Cinematography: Ron Rotem
David Ofek is one of the leading filmmakers in Israeli. Working in both documentary and drama, often blurring the line between the two, Ofek peels away the layers of Israeli reality, presenting a picture that is at times complex and uncomfortable, but always with a caring caress.