Sunday, April 8

A struggle of survival

Screened within the “Young Masters” section of the festival programme, Eliran Elya’s debut feature Doubtful had its European premiere with the participation and introduction of its crew. The film follows its main character Assi, who is sent for community service to teach film to troubled children. Director Elya said: “The kids in the film are not all Jewish or all Muslims, but what’s common is that they have all been subject to some kind of violence and had to keep silent about it. I tried to tell their story of survival.” The film’s producer Oren Rogovin said, “Eden is a real character, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering someone in Tel Aviv. So that’s why he could not see the film. But the film is more about my life than Eden’s, it is about children all over the world who live under risky conditions.”

Photo: Ersin Durmuş