2010 | 50 MIN.
Hebrew
Israel

Lone Samaritan synopsis

Lone Samaritan

The Samaritans, a tiny religious sect, are dying out. But they still maintain extremely harsh rules against assimilation: if you leave the fold, you and your family are as good as dead.

synopsis

After Sophie Tzdaka and her three sisters left the community, one after the other, the family became subject to terrible physical and mental harassment by sect members. Director Barak Heymann follows Sophie, the youngest daughter in the family. She is now a TV personality who goes on a journey to confront her family’s open wounds in an attempt to understand who the real victim of their shattered home was.

Lone Samaritan is a story of father-daughter relationship that raises universal issues of belonging, faith and identity, and forces its heroes to confront the difficult isolation of those who seek a personal path within a closed tribal world.

credits

Director: BARAK HEYMANN

Producer: BARAK HEYMANN

Cinematographers: URI LEVI

Editor: NETA DVORKIN

Researcher: TALI SHAMIR-WERZBERGER

Original score: EHUD BANAI

With the support of:
Channel 8/Makor Foundation fro Film and TV/Gesher Multicultural Fund

synopsis

After Sophie Tzdaka and her three sisters left the community, one after the other, the family became subject to terrible physical and mental harassment by sect members. Director Barak Heymann follows Sophie, the youngest daughter in the family. She is now a TV personality who goes on a journey to confront her family’s open wounds in an attempt to understand who the real victim of their shattered home was.

Lone Samaritan is a story of father-daughter relationship that raises universal issues of belonging, faith and identity, and forces its heroes to confront the difficult isolation of those who seek a personal path within a closed tribal world.

press

“A touching picture about the need to belong, the search for identity and the endurance of a closed and nearly extinct community.”

Ynet (Yediot Ahronot)


PRESS LINKS

8 October 2009 Ynet: “The dying fire of Samaritans” Interview with Barak Heymann (Israel, Hebrew)

 

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
  • Best Documentary Award – Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  • Best Documentary Award – Filmmakers Forum Competition, Israel
  • Creative Documentary Award  Paris Human Rights Film Festival, France
  • Best Asian Documentary Golden Magnolia Award – Shanghai TV Festival China
  • Best of Category, Human Rights Issues – 8th Annual Montana CINE International Film Festival, USA
  • Award-Winning Human Rights Film – Official Best Of Fest, USA
  • Best Documentary  – PUFF Portugal Underground Film Festival
  • Remi Award – WorldFest Houston Film Festival, USA

  • Krakow International Film Festival, Poland
  • Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival, Argentina
  • Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland
  • Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels, Belgium
  • One World, Human Rights Film Festival, Romania
  • Mediawave, International Film and Music Festival, Hungary
  • 6th “Film for Peace” International Film Festival, Italy
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