Documentary about the first transit camps for Jewish immigrants in recently established Israel.
Director: Dina Zvi Riklis ISR 2019, international premiere, Hebrew with English subtitles Production: Almafilms, Israel Producers: Arik Bernstein, Moshe Edery Historian & content editor: Hila Baharad International distribution: Go2films, Israel Screenplay: Shai Lahav Cinematography: Eliran Knoller Editing: Doron Djerassi, Or Lee-Tal
Jewish immigrants from around the world found a new home in Israel from 1948 on. Back then, the living conditions were anything but ideal in the melting pot so highly praised today. Many of the newcomers suffered traumas in the ma’abarot where they were housed; their effects linger in Israel’s societal discourse until this day. Ma’abarot were transit camps that the newly established state set up for hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants from Europe and Arab countries in 1948 and maintained into the 1950s. These transit camps were controversial even in the early years, and to this day, the Israeli public has little interest in them. This film is the first to take up the topic comprehensively. Filmmaker Dina Zvi Riklis uncovers many previously unknown details, shedding new light on the still ongoing debates about the discrimination of Jews from Arab countries.
Kolnoa Darom Film Festival, Israel
THE FIFTH HEAVEN (IL 2011) THREE MOTHERS (IL 2006) THE WITCH FROM MELCHET STREET (IL 2005) PURPLE LAWNS (IL 1989) SHIV'A (IL 1995) A STORY THAT STARTS AT THE FUNERAL OF A SNAKE (IL 1994)
Dina Zvi Riklis graduated from Tel Aviv University’s Theater Department. She has directed numerous films and has written screenplays for feature films, documentaries, and TV movies. She met her husband Eran Riklis during the production of the Israeli cult film HALFON DOES NOT ANSWER.
Guests: Katharina Schmidt Hirschfelder (Jüdische Allgemeine) talks with Produzent Arik Bernstein (Israel)