90 minutes. 2014. Director/writer: Lee Gilat. With Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water, Footnote), Assi Levi (Aviva, My Love; The World is Funny) and Uri Gavriel (Ballad of the Weeping Spring,The Dove Flyer). In Hebrew with English subtitles
Toronto and Australia JFFs
When 13-year-old Aharon is given the honor of carrying the Torah for Simchat Torah and representing all the Bar Mitzvah boys of his neighborhood, he had taken on more responsibility than he ever dreamed. He becomes the portal to wishes, longings, loves and regrets for his parents and entire Morrocan-Israeli community—adults and children alike. More than a coming of age film, it is a story of empowerment and triumph over tragedy.
“(A) beautiful, quietly comic film… Writer-director Lee Gilat treats her female lead with rare insight.”