Orna, a mother of three, fights back against sexual harassment and abuse of power at work.
Director: Michal Aviad ISR 2018, feature film, German premiere, 93 min., Hebrew with English subtitles Production: Lama Films, Israel International distribution: M-appeal, Germany Cinematography: Daniel Miller Cast: Liron Ben Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen, Irit Sheleg, Dorit Lv-Ar
A mother of three who works outside the home, Orna is not just well-organized, she’s also successful. Her
husband has just opened a new restaurant that is having trouble getting off the ground. But she is doing very
well in her new job as a real estate agent and is providing for the family. Her boss promotes her career and
obtains a long-overdue license for her husband, but soon makes inappropriate advances to Orna. What starts
out with compliments soon develops into massive sexual assault. Orna is rattled and initially keeps silent about
the assault – will people believe her, and how will her husband react? At first, she is distraught, but then
decides to fight back. She has a plan. WORKING WOMAN is a multilayered drama about sexual harassment and
abuse of power at work; even today, women must often bear the burden of proof.
Toronto Film Festival 2018; Jerusalem IFF 2018; Vancouver IFF 2018; Busan IFF 2018; Hof IFF 2018; Tokyo IFF 2018, Other Israel FF New York 2018; Israeli FF Zagreb 2018; Kerala IFF 2018; Göteborg FF 2019; Atlanta Jewish FF 2019; Vienna International Women’s FF (FrauenFilmTage) 2019; Yesh! FF 2019
DIMONA TWIST (2016); THE WOMEN PIONEERS (2013); INVISIBLE (2011); FOR MY CHILDREN (2002); RAMLEH (2001); JENNY & JENNY (1997); EVER SHOT ANYONE? (1995), THE WOMEN NEXT DOOR (1992); ACTING OUR AGE (1987)
Michal Aviad was born in Israel. In the 1980s, she lived in San Francisco and made her first films. In 1991, Michal Aviad returned to Israel and continued working as a screenwriter, director, and producer. She is a Senior Faculty Member at the Steve Tisch Film & Television School in Tel Aviv.