Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 12:46 Early Birds Sale DOCAVIV IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE ISRAELI LINEUP FOR ITS 2022 EDITION Approximately 120 new local and international documentaries will be screened at the festival, total prizes awarded to this year’s winners will amount to NIS 400,000 This year’s opening film is The Devil Speaks: Eichmann’s Lost Confession The 24th edition of Docaviv, Israel’s biggest celebration of documentary film and the only Israeli festival dedicated exclusively to documentary cinema, returns to the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, select venues around the city and online format on May 26 through June 5. The winner of the Best Israeli Documentary award will receive a NIS 70,000 prize, with an additional grant of NIS 100,000 from Docaviv to be used toward promoting the winning film in preparation for the Academy Awards. This is the largest cash prize offered in Israel for documentary filmmaking. Other honors include the Mayor’s Award for Best Debut Film, Honorable Mention, the Yossi Kaufman Best Director Award, as well as the Editing, Cinematography, and Research awards. A new award will be introduced at this year’s festival: The Kadar Foundation Award, granting a NIS 50,000 prize, for a documentary inspired by the history of Israel and Israeli society. The new award is presented by the Kadar Art, Culture, and Science Foundation, founded by Dr. Avraham Kadar. The winner will be chosen from the Israeli lineup Israeli Competition Selection Committee Docaviv artistic director Karin Rywkind Segal; Irit Dolev, a documentary filmmaker (Citizen K, 17 Seconds) and journalist (founder of the magazine The Hottest Place in Hell); Uri Levi, documentary filmmaker, director, and cinematographer (Once Upon a Boy, House of Cards). Student Competition Selection Committee Documentarian and web series creator Shachaf Dekel (Artopia #Belfast, Yotsrim); Asaf Mor, independent producer and filmmaker and owner of a Los Angeles-based production company (Cured); and Docaviv Program Manager Yaara Ozery. NEXT! Curators Tal Yahas and Rinat Edelstein ISRAELI LINE-UP – DOCAVIV 2022 Israeli Competition 1341 Frames of Love and War Israeli Premiere Director: Ran Tal Production: Ran Tal, Sarig Peker Israel 2022, 90 min, Hebrew and German From an archive of over half a million negatives taken by Israel‘s most celebrated war photographer Micha Bar-Am, 1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR reveals an epic journey of self-doubt and questioning through the camera. Yes Docu Children of Peace World Premiere Director: Maayan Schwartz Production: Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel Production Company: Lama Films Israel 2022, 58 min, Hebrew and Arabic Children who were brought up in a utopic social experiment in the only community in the world where Palestinians and Israelis chose to live together in co-existence. “Oasis of peace” is a utopic dream that shattered into realty. KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp H2: The Occupation Lab World Premiere Directors: Idit Avrahami, Noam Sheizaf Production: Hilla Medalia, Paul Cadieux Production Company: Medallia Productions Israel / Canada 2022, 105 min, Hebrew, English Segregated, highly surveilled, heavily filmed and intensely guarded: H2 uncovers the ways in which a single neighborhood in Hebron fuels the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 54 years of military occupation, told through the story of a one-kilometer long street. HOT8 In Case You’re Still Around World Premiere Director: Talia (Tulik) Galon Production: Itai Tamir, Ami livne Production Company: Laila Films Israel 2022, 67 min, Hebrew, English Not everyone has the time to die. Yael did. Yael used her time to take a long, clear look at the fear of death. The film moves between then and now, as her daughter and partner continue their life. Lost Angeles – Docu Musical World Premiere Directors: Golan Rise & Sharon Yaish Production: Haggai Arad & Elad Peleg Production Company: Daroma Productions Israel 2022, 73 min, Hebrew, English In Kiryat Malachi, Los Angeles’ twin city, dreams were left behind. Yosef Huri is 60 years old: with mounting debts and looming local elections, he decides it’s time to fight for the town and his life. Reshet Mini DV World Premiere Director: Shauly Melamed Production: Gil Sima Production Company: Sima films Israel 2022, 75 min, Hebrew Four LGBTQ adults re-encounter the home video footage they shot of themselves as youths: Shauly explored his homosexuality; Tom faced his gender identity; Betty filmed her friends and lovers; Rumia discovered her roots in drag. KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp Mosinzon World Premiere Director: Avi Weissblei Production: Avi Weissblei Production Company: Amoraim Films Israel 2022, 65 min, Hebrew The documentary MOSINZON sheds light on the unsolved mystery of the writer that truly re-embodied the phrase TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION. HOT8 The Camera of Doctor Morris World Premiere Directors: Itamar Alcalay, Meital Zvieli Production: Itamar Alcalay, Meital Zvieli Production Company: Rose Water Films Israel 2022, 74 min, Hebrew and English Everyone in Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, knows Dr. Morris and crocodile Clarence who grew up in his garden. It turns out he left his wife and children hours of personal documentation in 8 mm, which re-tells the family’s bittersweet story. Yes Docu Tantura Israeli Premiere Director: Alon Schwarz Production: Shaul Schwarz, Alon Schwarz, Maiken Baird Production Company: Alon Schwarz Films, Time Studios, Reel Peak Films Israel / United States 2022, 94 min, Hebrew, Arabic and English The story of the 1948 war and the silencing of graduate student Teddy Katz who exposed an alleged massacre that took place in the village of Tantura. A portrait of Israeli society and its inability to confront its founding myths. HOT8 The 7 Years of Absalon World Premiere Created by: David Ofek & Amit Azaz Director: David Ofek Production: David Noy, Yoram Ivry Production Company: Cinemax Productions Ltd. Israel 2022, 60 min, Hebrew, English and French The story of Meir Eshel, who reinvented himself as an artist named “Absalon”, quickly rising to art-scene stardom. Years after his tragic death at the age of 28, Absalon’s younger brother Dani is tasked with selling his final work. Yes Docu The Artist’s Daughter, Oil on Canvas International Premiere Directors: Margarita Linton, Yaniv Linton Production: Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Tomer Mecklberg Production Company: 2- Team Productions Israel 2021, 60 min, Hebrew and Russian She visits the self-portrait exhibition of a famous painter. She is the artist’s daughter, but only few people know that. As she stares at her father’s images, she feels a great sense of absence. How does one film absence? Yes Docu The Bankers Trial World Premiere Director: Eliav Lilti Production: Stvav Meron Morag & Eliav Lilti Production Company: Pardes Films Israel 2022, 90 min, Hebrew When his life partner is hit with an illegal repossession order, attorney Barak Cohen launches an unprecedented public campaign against the heads of Israel’s banking industry. KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp The Devil Speaks: Eichmann’s Lost Confession World Premiere Director: Yariv Mozer Created by: Kobi Sitt & Yariv Mozer Production: Kobi Sitt, Steve Stark, Emilio Schenker, Gideon Tadmor, Michael Schmidt, Russ Mccaroll, Sigal Rosh Production Company: Alice Communications, MGM Television, Tadmor Entertainment (SIPUR), Toluca Pictures and Distribution Israel / United States 2022, 108 min, Hebrew, English and German, On the sixtieth anniversary of the Eichmann trial, original recording reels of an interview conducted by Nazi journalist Sassen with Eichmann in Argentina are revealed. The tapes contradict his claims at the trial that he only fulfilled orders. KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp BEYOND THE SCREEN COMPETITION 40 Steps World Premiere Directors: Gad Aisen, Manor Birman Production: Gad Aisen, Manor Birman Production Company: Gad’s Films Israel 2022, 78 min, Hebrew, Arabic and English An orthodox school in southern Tel Aviv is divided in half for a new secular elementary school. In a shared playground, both schools must coexist, while the identity of different communities are put to the test. KAN- Israeli Public Broadcast Corp The Prostitution Monologues World Premiere Director: Tamar Yarom Production: David Noy Production Company: Cinemax Productions Ltd. Israel 2022, 58 min, Hebrew Seven women openly share their experiences of life in prostitution – from the initial lure, through trauma and their struggle to survive. They bravely challenge what is expected of them – to be ashamed and conceal themselves. Yes Docu DEPTH OF FIELD COMPETITION Figure-Ground Israeli Premiere Director: Tal Elkayam Production: Tal Elkayam, Lila Bobrowicz Production Company: +5sec Israel 2021, 70 min, Hebrew, Arabic and English A compilation of YouTube material brings together two parallel worlds—the beach of Tel Aviv and the hills of the West Bank—in a raw, associatively edited, unorthodox portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ARTS AND CULTURE The Other City World Premiere Director: Livi Kessel Production: Ami livne, Itai Tamir Co Producer: Livi Kessel Production Company: Laila Films Israel 2022, 72 min, Hebrew and English An intimate maturation film in which Livi, a photography student, documents her four closest friends – young artists in downtown Haifa. Over the years, the instability in their lives raises questions about success, self-destruction, and the price of their dreams. What’s With Me Lately? World Premiere Director: Tamar Tal Anati Production: Udi Zamberg Production Company: TH production Israel 2022, 65 min, Hebrew and English Israeli cultural icon Rivka Michaeli travels to America. Between the US where her family put down roots and the homeland she loves and hurts for – Rivka is walking a thin line, trying to find balance and hope within. Yes Docu PANORAMA Closed Circuit World Premiere Director: Tal Inbar Production: Tal Becher, Omri Uzrad, Yoav Zeevi, Nancy Spielberg Production Company: Yalla Films, Zeevi\Uzrad, Playmount Productions Israel 2022, 54 min, Hebrew and Arabic Two men in suits shoot at a frightened crowd in a Tel Aviv café. All caught on security cameras, Closed Circuit deconstructs this event to give insight into the complex Israeli reality and the lasting trauma caused to those involved. Yes Docu Savta World Premiere Director: Hanan Yehiely Production: Hanan Yehiely Israel 2022, 51 min, Hebrew and English A young boy documents his aging grandmother as she grapples with her transition from independence to a nursing home. Captured through his innocent lens, this deeply relatable journey is full of laughter and loss. Yes Docu The Baby Daddy World Premiere Directors: Adi Rabinovici, Yair Cymerman Production: Ben Giladi, Mika Timor Production Company: Sunnysideup Production Israel 2022, 78 min, Hebrew and English Ari Nagel, is a serial sperm donor and a father to more than a 100 children. Ari’s actions turn into a concerning habit, jeopardizing his relationship with his eldest son and his Jewish religious family. Yes Docu MASTERS Words That Remain International Premiere Director: Nurith Aviv Production: Itai Tamir, Serge Lalou, Ami Livne Production Company: Laila Films, Les Films d’ici Israel / France 2022, 52 min, Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Greek, Moroccan and Spanish Six people recall the languages that cradled their childhoods: Judeo-Spanish or Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Persian. Today, the languages themselves are dying but they left traces that still affect those who heard them as children. FRANCE 3 STUDENTS COMPETITION Dad’s camera World Premiere Director: Efrat Lipshitz Production: Efrat Lipshitz Production Company: Minshar School of Art Israel 2022, 37 min, Hebrew After his brain stroke, more than 20 years ago, a daughter tries to make her father into a filmmaker and a parent again, while unknowingly documenting his last years through his own eyes. Do You Want to Cross the Sea? World Premiere Director: Michal Veig Production: Michal Veig Production Company: The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School Israel / Canada 2022, 34 min, Hebrew, Arabic and English A Darfurian asylum seeker embarks on a farewell journey from Israel to reunite with his wife and daughter in Canada. It is a journey of a man who is constantly on his way home. Everybody knows Jack World Premiere Director: Orr Weisberg Production: Orr Weisberg Production Company: The Film Department, Faculty of Arts- HaMidrasha, Beit Berl College Israel 2022, 54 min, Hebrew and English Orr, a film student diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, documents the bond between a father and his stepson, who suffers from a degenerative disease. The film raises questions about love and the right to life. Man’s Best Friend International Premiere Director: Gaya Elstein Production: Lev Orlov Production Company: The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School Israel 2021, 18 min, Hebrew For a place that is meant for the dead, the animal cemetery seems to be full of life – and full of people with their own unique connection to their pet. Nothing Is Always World Premiere Director: Ayala Berger Production: Ayala Berger Production Company: The Photography Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Israel 2022, 20 min, Hebrew The complex relationship between a single mother and her only daughter is revealed in a small hotel room in Tel Aviv, where they spend a weekend after a crisis. Purple Bells World Premiere Director: Daniel Romanayev Production: Daniel Romanayev Production Company: The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University Israel 2022, 50 min, Hebrew, English and Russian Danni, a son of immigrants from Moscow, was ashamed of his family his whole life. 30 years after their “Aliyah” he interviews them and tries to learn their story. He reimagines their memories through animation. Yes Docu Requiem for a Whale World Premiere Director: Ido Weisman Production: Netalie Braun Production Company: The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University Israel 2022, 14 min, Hebrew On a stormy night, a whale’s body washed ashore. While the documentation of this rare event is shown, the voices of a few witnesses are heard, attempting to express the immense encounter with nature. There Is Something Israeli Premiere Director: Lihi Rosenthal Production: Lihi Rosenthal Production Company: Tel Hai College Israel 2022, 43 min, Hebrew An intimate gaze at the lives of Shiran and Smadar, a cashier and a cleaner, employees of a supermarket located in Kiryat Shmonah, at beginning of COVID-19 in Israel. As simple desires become complex, the film uncovers two strong women and their passion for life. NEXT! Barik Dor Zlekha Levy Barik, a refugee from Darfur, tells the story of his escape, and recreates his traumatic journey through audiovisual means. Blueprint Dan Robert Lahiani After arriving at the Clal building in Jerusalem for an osteopathic session, the artist’s quest for healing became entangled with the dilapidated and crumbling building. Bibloscopia Hadassa Goldvicht The piece documents the historic building of the National Library as a decaying body with its obsolete machinery portrayed as channels of the subconscious of the Hebrew language. A Man-Made Tale Thalia Hoffman The film documents the ecological systems that construct the Yatir forest and wishes to tell through it a political metaphor of the local Zionist existence. Between the Negev and the Galilee Yonatan Nevo A portrait of the old central bus station area in Tel Aviv, exposing the visceral reality of life in the street and the humanity of the people inhabiting it. The Envelope Project: Snake Code Jonathan Omer Mizrahi A psycho-geographical observation of the Israeli civilian-military-agricultural frontier settlements facing the border with Gaza. Deep Fake Savta Neta Moses The loss of a beloved grandmother sets in motion some unexpected routes for reencounter. The films’ synopses were written by the filmmakers, and Docaviv festival bears no responsibility for their content.