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