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Almost Friends

Two girls – one religiously Jewish and the other Israeli-Arab - meet one another online and find themselves deep in the surprising and exciting new experience of a friendship beyond borders.

credits

Director, editing and research: NITZAN OFIR
Producer:  BARAK HEYMANN
Co-creator: ANAT KEREM-ANGEL
Cinematography: ODED KIRMA
Editing: NILI FELLER
Artistic consultant: TALI SHAMIR-WERZBERGER 
Research: NITZAN OFIR

With the support of:
Yes Docu/Other Israel Film Festival

synopsis

Two girls meet online.

Samar (12), whose mother is an Israeli Arab and father is a Palestinian from the West Bank, lives in Lod, a mixed city of Jews and Arabs riddled with poverty and crime.

Linor (11) was born in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza strip, and lives in Telamim, a religious Jewish village.

An educational project that began with innocent online correspondence, now continues with face-to-face meetings and adds a new dimension to the girls’ lives – engaging them and their families in the deep and complex experience of friendship and acceptance among dispute.

press

“A simple, innocent, and very human story from the perspective of two young girls … and yet a complex political film from the perspective of an adult.”

Haaretz


PRESS LINKS

28 August 2014  Haaretz  (Israel)

28 October 2014  Globes : “…A must see.” (Israel)

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
  • Best Feature Film – Sole Luna Treviso Doc Film Festival
  • Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel
  • Krakow International Film Festival, Poland
  • Bergen International Film Festival, Norway
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina
  • VERZIO International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival
  • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
  • Endeavours Documentary Film Festival, Singapore
  • Aegean Docs, Greece
  • Treviso Festival, Italy
    Reel 2 Real International Film Festival
About the director

Nitzan Ofir has worked extensively in the Israeli film and television industry, as a director assistant, line producer and researcher. She studied MFA in film at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at the Tel Aviv University.

“Almost Friends” is her debut film.

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