Facing the Wall

Short Film / 2016
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  • Producers: Saar Yogev & Naomi Levari
    Writer & Director: Alamork Davidian
    Israeli Distribution: Black Sheep Film Productions Ltd.
    Supporetd by: Makor Film Foundation, Gelfand Fund, NFCT
    Running Time: 26 Min

  • Surni, 14, wakes up to the first day without her love, Eli. She is in an Israeli absorption center. She keeps her eyes and ears closed, she won’t leave her bed, she just tries to shut out her new reality and pretend she never left Ethiopia.
    Her family attempts to get her out of bed. As the hours go by, her mother, who was at first blind to Surni’s suffering, finds a way to reach out and helps her say goodbye to the world they left behind.

  • Almork Davidian

    Graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School. Her short films were screened in many festivals in Israel and abroad, including the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Montreal Film Festival. In her films, Davidian reflects mostly on the immigration experience of Ethiopian women living in Israel.
    Along with FACING THE WALL, she is currently working with Black Sheep on FIG TREE, her debut feature film.

  • Surni: Sapir Sinka
    Mulu: Tehila Yeshayahu Adega

    Director of Photography: Daniel Miller
    Editor: Margarita Balklav
    Composer: Ophir Leibowich
    Line Producer: Stav Meron
    Production Manager: Mai Tzaban
    Sound Design: Shahaf Wagshel

  • Tel Aviv Student Film Festival 2016 – Best Independent Short award
    The Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2016 – The Van Leer award for Best Short Film
    Other Israel 2016
    Clermont-Ferrand FF 2017
    Festival De Cine Africano 2017 – Best Short Film
    Palm Springs Short Film Festival 2017

    Toronto International Film Festival 2017

    Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2017

    Festival Olhares do Mediterrâneo 2017

    Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2017