Closing Night: Women In Shorts


Israeli Short Films By and About Women
Saturday, November 19
7:30 PM
The Gershman Y
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Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Iris Zaki
Country: Israel and the UK
Year: 2015
Running Time: 36 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles

In WOMEN IN SINK, award-winning director Iris Zaki chats with Arab and Jewish women getting their hair done at a small, neighborhood hair salon in the heart of Haifa. Placing her camera above the sink, where clients lean back to get their hair shampooed, Iris converses with women from different backgrounds, generations, and political leanings about their thoughts on living in what she sees as a divided country. Yet through her unique interactions with the women, Iris reveals more commonalities between her subjects than differences and, in turn, challenges her own preconceived notions of what she thought she would discover in making the film.

WOMEN IN SINK‘s many awards include: Best Short Film, Jewish Motifs International Film Festival, Poland, May 2015; Best European Documentary, The European Independent Film Festival, France, April 2016; Most Innovative Mid-Length Film Award, Visions du Reel, Switzerland, 2015; Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, 2015; and Best Short Documentary Award at Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2015

Philadelphia Premiere

Director: Ben Hakim
Country: Israel
Year: 2016
Running Time: 15 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles

A single mom works as a drone operator. Each day the pressing of one button decides someone’s fate. She arrives home to find her son playing video games, similarly pressing buttons to determine the fate of his virtual opposition. Two screens; one shared reality.

[Followed by 5 minute intermission]

Philadelphia Premiere
Director: Dana Lerer
Country: Israel
Year: 2015
Running Time: 27 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles

In THE FINE LINE, a young aspiring actress must compromise her personal boundaries while filming a love scene. Winner of the “Special Mention Award” at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival, this compelling short by actress-turned-director Dana Lerer is a thought-provoking commentary on the common struggle young women face in the movie business.

Philadelphia Premiere

Director: Omer Tobi
Country: Israel
Year: 2015
Running Time: 30 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Winner of “Best Independent Short Film” at Haifa International Film Festival and the Opening Film at the International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv, HOUNDS is a bizarrely comic allegory exploring a day in the life of an all female unit of security guards working in an Israeli contemporary art museum. Of course, this is no ordinary day at the office, as one teammate is at long last promoted to “Manager of Operations.” What happens next is a comedy of errors these ladies won’t soon forget . . . and neither will you!

Guest Speakers: Iris Drechsler (Moderator), PJFF Artistic Chair; Gil Sima, Producer of Hounds; Omer Tobi, Director of Hounds; Iris Zaki, Director of Women in Sink

Special Event: Film followed by Closing Night Party with food, libations, and music

Film Trailer for WOMEN IN SINK
Film Trailer for OPERATOR
Film Trailer for HOUNDS

Community Partners:

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