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Directed by Yael Katzir
Produced by Dan Katzir & Yael Katzir
Color. Video. 52 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Official website: http://shivahformother.com For more info click on IMDB.

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An award winning documentary that for the first time documents a Shivah, (the Jewish ritual of mourning) shot in real time. The family sits together in the house of the deceased for one week - slowly bringing closure to all that has been left open and buried for years. At times sad, at times funny - this touching award winning documentary is an ode to the strength of family and love.

From the director’s film diary:

"Mom died this morning. I have always craved her hugs and her approval, but it did not happen. The film begins right after the funeral of my mother, Ziona. We sit Shivah at my parents' home. My parents represented the melting pot of Tel Aviv: a Sabra and a Berliner physician, who barely escaped the Nazis in 1933. Suddenly, my sister Nurit, my brother Micha, and I, Yael, are orphans. I ask my son, Dan, to document the Shiva and beg him to be gentle and unobtrusive, but that is not his filming style."

 


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