(Mea Ahuz)

Director: Yael Kipper & Ronen Zaretzky (”Super Women”, ”Child Mother”, ”Portrait”, ”These Woods”) / Israel 2019

Script: Yael Kipper, Ronen Zaretzky

Category: Society, Human Interest

Production: Turtles Films: Yael Kipper & Ronen Zaretzky, produced for Kan the Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation (IPBC): Commissioning Editor: Sivan Arbel; Supported by The New Fund for Cinema and Television (NFCT), Israel

Language: Arabic, Hebrew

Subtitles: English

Length: 70 minutes

The village of Beit Jann in the mountains of the Galilee holds the highest record of high school graduates in Israel, and possibly in the world. While the school only held a 12% graduation rate up to a few years ago, it has now climbed to 100%. Beit Jann inhabits a population of 12,000 Druze, an Arabic speaking ethnic group scattered around Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, suffering from systematic discrimination. But is the goal worth the extreme measures being taken? Do the students possess a real chance for a better future? And what will be the place of Druze tradition in light of the liberal values the school is promoting? This is the story of a closed society trying to find its way in a changing reality.

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Festivals & Awards:

Jerusalem Film Festival: Best Documentary Film Award
Jury's justification: "The moving and insightful portrait of a school that has succeeded beyond all measure in bringing a community of Druze children out of their isolation and impoverishment."

Movie Reviews: 
* « The best Israeli documentary award, with a $14,250 (ILS50,000) prize, went to One Hundred Percent by directors Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretzky. The jury described it as ”a moving and insightful portrait of a school that has succeeded beyond all measure in bringing a community of Druze children out of their isolation and impoverishment.” » / Top prizes at Jerusalem Film Festival / Edna Fainaru / Screen Daily

* « The Van Leer Award for Best Full-Length Israeli Documentary went to ‘One Hundred Percent’ by Yael Kipper and Ron Zaretzky. The film tells the story of Beit Jann, a Druze village that has the highest percentage of high-school graduates in Israel. » ‘’Chained‘’ and ‘’One Hundred Percent‘’ Win Top Awards at Jerusalem Film Festival / Hannah
Brown / Jerusalem Post

* « In this beautiful fairy tale of Beit Jann there are quite a few friction points that threaten its completeness. Kipper and Zaretzky sketch these moments of doubt and crisis very gently and carefully. They thus reveal the vulnerability of the success of Beth Jann High School and the Druze society as a whole. Beautiful photography, accurate editing and smart selection of sub-characters. Rating: Five stars » / Cinema / This fairy tale shows quite a few friction points / Shany Littman / Haaretz daily newspaper

Filmed over the course of three years, this gorgeously shot feature-length documentary follows a group of struggling 10th- through 12-graders placed in a special program at the school. In their new documentary “One Hundred Percent,” the Israeli husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Ronen Zaretzky and Yael Kipper go behind the scenes of this out-of-the-way school to try to figure out the secret to its success. Their cinema vérité-style documentary benefited from virtually unlimited access to the school, its teaching staff and students throughout the lengthy shoot. The film won the best documentary award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. / At Israel’s Top High School, Classes Are Taught in Arabic / Judy Maltz / Haaretz daily newspaper

* « Outstanding film in the Jerusalem Film Festival, ‘One Hundred Percent’ by Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretzky - the story of Beit Jann, the Druze village that is at the top of the list of local authorities in eligibility in highest percentage for high-school graduation in Israel. The inspiring story is presented by Yael and Ronen, filmmakers that use an exceptional cinematic approach. » Cinema News / Jerusalem Film Festival / Avner Shavit / Walla News