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Involuntary

Alin and Shani are two young Israeli women who look normal on the outside, but on the inside exists a monster threatening to burst at any time. Both women suffer from Tourette Syndrome in the most severe and extreme way. Alin (30) is living on the edge, wild and rebellious, she loves to drink and have a good time. Shani (18) is sweet and intelligent but suffers from social isolation. The worlds of the two are entirely different: Alin comes from the slums of Haifa whereas Shani is a “good girl” from suburban Ariel. The director Boaz Rosenberg followed the two young women over three crucial years, during which they matured, experienced emotional turmoil and dealt with the problematic relationships they have with their homes and society. Especially prominent is the close yet complicated relationship with their mothers. The film culminates with an experimental brain surgery Alin goes through in her efforts to fight her illness, while Shani reaches a point in which she can no longer stay at her parent’s home and has to deal for the first time with real independence. ‘Involuntary’ gives a freshand intimate look at the survival of two characters in a world in which they feel “abnormal” and different.

Festivals and Awards:

Verzio International Human Rights Film Festival, Hungary, 2008;
Shanghai Int'l TV Festival, China, 2008;
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2007

Director: Boaz A. Rosenberg

Producer: Dana Bar, Boaz A. Rosenberg

Production Company: Boaz Rosenberg Productions

Cinematographer: Nadav Hekselman

Editor: Ruthie Meiri

Original Soundtrack: Yehonatan Oppenheim

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio

Script: Boaz A. Rosenberg, Ruthie Meiri

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Ltd.

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: לא רצוני

Alin and Shani are two young Israeli women who look normal on the outside, but on the inside exists a monster threatening to burst at any time. Both women suffer from Tourette Syndrome in the most severe and extreme way. Alin (30) is living on the edge, wild and rebellious, she loves to drink and have a good time. Shani (18) is sweet and intelligent but suffers from social isolation. The worlds of the two are entirely different: Alin comes from the slums of Haifa whereas Shani is a “good girl” from suburban Ariel. The director Boaz Rosenberg followed the two young women over three crucial years, during which they matured, experienced emotional turmoil and dealt with the problematic relationships they have with their homes and society. Especially prominent is the close yet complicated relationship with their mothers. The film culminates with an experimental brain surgery Alin goes through in her efforts to fight her illness, while Shani reaches a point in which she can no longer stay at her parent’s home and has to deal for the first time with real independence. ‘Involuntary’ gives a freshand intimate look at the survival of two characters in a world in which they feel “abnormal” and different.

Festivals and Awards:

Verzio International Human Rights Film Festival, Hungary, 2008;
Shanghai Int'l TV Festival, China, 2008;
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2007

Director: Boaz A. Rosenberg

Producer: Dana Bar, Boaz A. Rosenberg

Production Company: Boaz Rosenberg Productions

Cinematographer: Nadav Hekselman

Editor: Ruthie Meiri

Original Soundtrack: Yehonatan Oppenheim

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio

Script: Boaz A. Rosenberg, Ruthie Meiri

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Ltd.

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: לא רצוני

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