Cinema Sabaya

Israel/Belgium, 92m, DCP

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Screened February 10–23, 2023

A group of Palestinian and Israeli women attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by Rona (Dana Ivgy, Zero Motivation), a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv, who teaches them to document their lives. As each student shares footage from her homelife with the others, their beliefs and preconceptions are challenged and barriers are broken down. The group comes together as mothers, daughters, wives, and women living in a world designed to keep them apart, forming an empowering and lasting bond as they learn more about each other… and themselves. Inspired by writer-director Orit Fouks Rotem’s own experiences as a teacher, Cinema Sabaya presents a deft and heartfelt portrait of art’s capacity to unite disparate communities, moving effortlessly between the gravity of their conversations and the genuine joy of this unlikely group of friends. A Kino Lorber release

In Hebrew, Arabic, and English; with English subtitles

Israel’s Official Submission to the 95th Academy Awards

Winner of five Ophir Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Joanna Said)

Official Selection: Jerusalem Film Festival, AFI Fest, Palm Springs International Film Festival


A film by Orit Fouks Rotem