Backwards

    אחורה

    • Dana Gelman
    • Israel
    • 2018
    • 16 min
    • International Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    They are refugees—but what they need is a refugee status. When the lights in Tel Aviv go off for the night, the lines outside the immigration office start swelling. Everybody wants to be on time for when the office opens at 8 a.m. By midnight, there are hundreds of people in front of the door, most of them Ukrainian.

    While one of them sleeps on the pavement, another irritably attempts to make sure that everyone gets their rightful place in the line. Time ticks slowly on, and with dawn approaching a small group of office staff arrives, accompanied by security guards whose job it is to ensure the crowd doesn't all flood in at once. Most of them won’t get in anyway, and even those who do will start an asylum procedure that offers limited prospects for success.

    In a single night, Backwards encapsulates the refugee crisis: a mass of exhausted people who patiently persevere in their attempt to start a new life—while the rest of the world sleeps.

    Credits

    • 16 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Russian, Hebrew, English
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Dana Gelman
    Production
    Efrat Cohen for The Steve Tisch School of Film and television, Tel Aviv University, Hila Shitrit for The Steve Tisch School of Film and television, Tel Aviv University
    Cinematography
    Dana Gelman, Keren Rosenberg
    Editing
    Dana Gelman
    Sound Design
    Dana Gelman, Tomer Avraham

    IDFA history

    2018
    International Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

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