[Sallah, Po Ze Eretz Yisrael]

Director: A Film by David Deri, Doron Galezer, Ruth Yuval / Israel 2017

Category: History/Immigration/Social Justice/Society/Israel

Production: David Deri: D.d. D.d Productions, for Yes-Docu: Commissioning Editor: Guy Lavie, Israel.
Supported by The Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and The Avi Chai Foundation, Israel.

Language: Hebrew, Moroccan

Subtitles: English

Length: 109 minutes / 52 minutes x 4

The story of Israel’s “development towns” in a chilling documentary, as never told before: Testimonials and previously sealed transcripts reveal a method, an ideology and a cruel practice of law enforcement and decision makers behind the “population dispersal” policies in the first two decades of independence. The director’s family, like others, was taken to Yeruham, a development town in the Negev desert. Their personal stories recount of the price immigrant-families pay and the price still paid by Israeli society, unwilling to deal head-on with those early years and forgotten towns.

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Festivals & Awards:

  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - Denmark 2019
  • Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival - U.S.A. 2019
  • SERET International Israel Film Festival, London - U.K. 2019
  • Other Israel Film Festival, New York - U.S.A. 2018
  • New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - U.S.A. 2018
  • Toronto Jewish Festival - Canada 2018
  • Barcelona Jewish Film Festival - Spain 2017
  • JIFF Jewish International Film Festival – Australia 2017
  • Best Director Film Award (Fipresci Award): Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2017
  • Best Research Award: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2017

Doc Aviv/Best Research Award
Jury's justification: "With an effective mix of archive and testimonies, the director brings together the past, present, and the personal, to expose the policies that shaped the lives of many Israelis."

Doc Aviv/Best Director Film Award
Jury's justification: "The FIPRESCI award this year goes to a director that has managed to combine a thoroughly researched archival work, a clever narrative structure that unfolds like a harrowing detective story and a nuanced ethical position that treats his characters respectfully. In juxtaposition with the shocking facts of the cruelly systemized discrimination that he is exposing, the director individualizes and humanizes the victims beyond mere statistics, and respects their pain and agony. His film, an important journalistic work with cinematic qualities, managed to shake and move us tremendously."

Movie Reviews:
“An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic
integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel’s European
founders in the 1950s” – The New York Post