United States / Israel 2005, 63 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

Filmmaker Lynne Sachs never met Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed near the West Bank. In 2002, she read a news article about the death of Ohayon and her two small children in their house in Kibbutz Metzer. She immediately started gathering information. Despite the distance, New York-based Sachs slowly gets to know more about the young Israeli filmmaker, who had so much in common with her but lived in a starkly different reality. She puts the pieces together through phone calls and correspondences with Nir Zats, an Israeli friend and former student of Sachs, who acts as her field agent. The puzzle takes her over two years to complete, and the picture that emerges is complex and multi-faceted. Although seemingly different, each person in it is trying to survive in a violent present, while carrying a violent past. Without taking sides or casting blame, the film becomes a cine-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, violence and the land of Israel/Palestine.

The film is screened as part of a tribute to Lynne Sachs, alongside her new work Film About a Father Who…

Previous Festivals: BAFICI (Buenos Aires Intl Film Festival), Margaret Mead Film Festival New York


  • The film will be available until September 30th

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Meet the Filmmakers

  • Lynne Sachs, Filmmaker of States of Unbelonging and Film About a Father Who in conversation with Dr. Laliv Melamed and Nir Zats, co-writer if States of Unbelonging

    Sun 06.09 at 19:00

Director: Lynne Sachs
Script: Lynne Sachs, Nir Zats
Editing: Lynne Sachs, Rachel Melman
Cinematography: Nir Zats, Tal Larish, Cynthia Madansky, Lynne Sachs, Jeffrey Skoller Ethan Mass, Lynne Sachs
Sound Design: Damian Volpe
Music: Ted Reichman

Source: Lynne Sachs


Lynne Sachs makes films and writes poems that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences. Her work embraces hybrid forms, combining memoir with experimental, documentary, and fictional modes. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include live performance with moving image. Sachs has made 35 films which have screened at the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, BAM Cinemafest and Art of the Real at Lincoln Center. Her work has also been exhibited at the Whitney, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts and other venues nationally and
internationally. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana and China Women’s Film Festival have all presented
retrospectives of Lynne’s films.  In 2020, Lynne had her sixth NYC premiere at the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight with her Film About a Father Who, a feature length experimental documentary. Lynne received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Arts. Tender Buttons Press published Lynne’s first book Year by Year Poems in 2019.  Lynne lives in Brooklyn with her husband filmmaker Mark Street with whom they have two daughters, Maya and Noa Street-Sachs.

Nir David Zats is a graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. His films have been screened in international festivals and on television. Currently, he is working on the feature documentary
"Fly East" which is supported by the Israeli Film Fund. Nir lives and works as an editor and educator in Tel Aviv.

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