A Place of Her Own

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A Place of Her Own

For four years, the director documented Reut, a girl who was in an out of shelters, and ended up on the street. At the age of 17 Reut had her first son, who was taken away from her by social services. During filming, while fighting the State for custody of her son, she meets a Palestinian man and marries him. She moves to an Arab village and has two more children. Along the way she meets people who try to help her but also take advantage of this lost child. Amongst other things, an impossible relationship develops between Reut and her son’s foster family, a religious family from Gush Katif. Over the years the director manages to slowly reveal her introverted but heart-warming personality. She only wishes to find a place of her own and some peace and quiet, but her life is full of twists and turns that surprise and shock, until the tragic end of the tale.

Festivals and Awards:

First Prize for Best Debut Film at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2011; Fipa Biarritz International Film Festival, France, 2012; Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2012; The Other Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2011; International Women's Film Festival Rehovot, Israel, 2011; Exile Film Festival, Sweden, 2011

Director: Sigal Emanuel

Producer: Dikla Barkai

Production Company: Abot Barkai Productions

Cinematographer: Sigal Emanuel

Editor: Ayala Bengad

Soundtrack Editor: Itay Halevi

Original Soundtrack: Dikla

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television. Yes Docu

Script: Ayala Bengad

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: רעות

For four years, the director documented Reut, a girl who was in an out of shelters, and ended up on the street. At the age of 17 Reut had her first son, who was taken away from her by social services. During filming, while fighting the State for custody of her son, she meets a Palestinian man and marries him. She moves to an Arab village and has two more children. Along the way she meets people who try to help her but also take advantage of this lost child. Amongst other things, an impossible relationship develops between Reut and her son’s foster family, a religious family from Gush Katif. Over the years the director manages to slowly reveal her introverted but heart-warming personality. She only wishes to find a place of her own and some peace and quiet, but her life is full of twists and turns that surprise and shock, until the tragic end of the tale.

Festivals and Awards:

First Prize for Best Debut Film at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2011; Fipa Biarritz International Film Festival, France, 2012; Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2012; The Other Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2011; International Women's Film Festival Rehovot, Israel, 2011; Exile Film Festival, Sweden, 2011

Director: Sigal Emanuel

Producer: Dikla Barkai

Production Company: Abot Barkai Productions

Cinematographer: Sigal Emanuel

Editor: Ayala Bengad

Soundtrack Editor: Itay Halevi

Original Soundtrack: Dikla

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television. Yes Docu

Script: Ayala Bengad

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: רעות

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