NURIT KEDAR, YARON SHANI

LIFE SENTENCES

Israel 2013 • 96 min

Producer: Nurit Kedar
Country of shooting: Israel/Gaza

An Arab man marries a Jewish woman. They give birth to a girl and a boy and live in quiet harmony in the Arab-Jewish community. Nobody realizes that behind dozens of mysterious terror attacks, which tremble the state of Israel in the late 1960s stands no other than the Arab father. When he is caught, his Jewish wife and kids become “a family of an Arab terrorist”. The mother decides to flee the country with her kids and settle in, on the other side of the world, in the heart of the Jewish Ultraorthodox community in Montreal, Canada. No-one suspects the real identity of the boy and the girl who study shoulder to shoulder with other religious Jewish kids. When they grow up, the two will take opposite roads – she will become an ultra-orthodox Jew, and he will fall in love and marry his Muslim cousin. Mommy-Nimer-Shlomo-Solomon-Ahmed-Pinto is this lonely boy who had lived in many worlds, talked many languages and had many names. His sad view embraces humanity in compassion which can only be produced by his unbelievable story.

Nurit Kedar is a producer and director of documentary productions. Her television credits include Senior Producer at the CNN bureau in Jerusalem and an Executive Producer of Israeli Channel 2 for which she produced and directed 12 films and 5 documentary series. Kedar is an acclaimed Israeli documentary filmmaker, awarded for the Art of Cinema 2016 by the Ministry of Culture and won the Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2014 awarded by the The Israeli Academy of Film and Television.

Yaron Shani is co-director, writer, editor and associate producer of Ajami (with Scandar Copti). Ajami was nominated to the American Academy Awards in 2010, and has won many international awards including Camera D’or – Special Distinction in Cannes, Best film in Jerusalem FF, Thessaloniki FF, Tallinn FF, Montpellier FF, London FF – Southerland Trophy and five Ophir awards (Best film, direction, script, editing, music).