Dir. Tsivia Barkai Yacov | 91 min
Narrative | Israel | 2018 | Hebrew with English subtitles
Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM || Bethesda Row Cinema
Tsivia Barkai Yacov’s auspicious debut tackles a teen girl’s sexual awakening, set against the backdrop of an East Jerusalem settlement. Benny’s mother died giving birth to her, and she grew up alone with her caring yet patriarchal father.
He is a figure of authority and a mentor for many people in their ultra-religious community, but can be overbearing at times. As Benny begins questioning her father’s utopian nationalism and strict religiosity, she’s thrown into emotional turmoil when she meets Yael, a self-confident young woman who bring out a deep-seated longing and desire in her.
Nominated for 4 Ophirs (Israel’s Academy Awards) and winner of Best Feature and Best Actress (Avigayil Kovary) at the 2018 Jerusalem Film Festival.