SJFF: SAVOY (Virtual)
March 13 - March 26
This absorbing hybrid documentary/drama tells the story of Kochava Levy, a young woman who bravely served as mediator between terrorists and the IDF while being held hostage at Tel Aviv’s Savoy Hotel in 1975. Part of the Israel@75 Birthday Series
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Streaming Window: March 13-26
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Zohar Wagner | Hybrid Documentary/Narrative Drama | Israel | 2022 | Hebrew, Arabic w/English subtitles | 78m | R
In March 1975, Kochava Levy, a 31-year-old housewife of Yemeni descent, was taken hostage during an attack on the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv. Over the course of one night, she transformed herself into a fearless heroine, bravely serving as a mediator between the terrorists and the IDF. But by dawn, she felt nothing but shame. This absorbing hybrid documentary/drama intertwines previously unreleased archival footage and Levi’s diary entries with dramatizations to tell her story. Veteran actress Dana Igvy (ZERO MOTIVATION, AVIVA MY LOVE) plays Levy, while Ala Dakaa (FAUDA) portrays the head of the terrorist cell. Winner of three Israeli Academy Awards and the Best Documentary Director and Editing awards at the 2022 Jerusalem Film Festival.
Zohar Wagner is the founder of Zohar Wagner Films, and directs and produces documentary feature for theaters worldwide and for Israeli television. Her work explores femininity, body image, and the balance of power between men and women as well as Israelis and Arab minorities in Israel and Middle Eastern society. As a Hebrew and Arabic speaker, in 2015 she founded Jaffa Cinema, a program that teaches Arab youth documentary filmmaking and journalism skills to enhance their awareness of and broaden their avenues for social activism. View official bio on IMDB.
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