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Probation Time

Avigail, the director of this film, is dealing with a break-up from her girlfriend and with raising a child that she had with her. At the same time, her religious family in Jerusalem is struggling with the “demons” threatening to overwhelm their daughter Ariella. Ariella is an Ethiopian girl, who was adopted by Avigail’s parents, Rabbi Daniel and Hannah Sperber, when she was four. She is the tenth child, with nine older siblings, each of whom chose a unique path to follow. But Ariella forces the family to contend with problems of another sort: alcoholism, petty thefts, and prison. Does the story of Ariella have an inevitable ending? Can she accept and absorb the love and concern that surround her? And will her family be able to love her unconditionally? This is a depiction of the fragile bonds that make up a family.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography at DocAviv Film Festival,Israel, 2014; IDFA, the Netherlands, 2014; Outfest - the LGBT Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2015

Director: Avigail Sperber

Producer: Executive Producer - Ilanit Baumann, Producer- Enav Shenar

Production Company: Endemol Israel

Cinematographer: Avigail Sperber

Editor: Ido Haar

Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema, Sharon Luzon

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television;The Avi Chai Foundation, Yes Doco

Musicians: Ronit Roland

Script: Avigail Sperber

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: תקופת מבחן

Avigail, the director of this film, is dealing with a break-up from her girlfriend and with raising a child that she had with her. At the same time, her religious family in Jerusalem is struggling with the “demons” threatening to overwhelm their daughter Ariella. Ariella is an Ethiopian girl, who was adopted by Avigail’s parents, Rabbi Daniel and Hannah Sperber, when she was four. She is the tenth child, with nine older siblings, each of whom chose a unique path to follow. But Ariella forces the family to contend with problems of another sort: alcoholism, petty thefts, and prison. Does the story of Ariella have an inevitable ending? Can she accept and absorb the love and concern that surround her? And will her family be able to love her unconditionally? This is a depiction of the fragile bonds that make up a family.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary Film and Best Cinematography at DocAviv Film Festival,Israel, 2014; IDFA, the Netherlands, 2014; Outfest - the LGBT Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2015

 

Director: Avigail Sperber

Producer: Executive Producer - Ilanit Baumann, Producer- Enav Shenar

Production Company: Endemol Israel

Cinematographer: Avigail Sperber

Editor: Ido Haar

Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema, Sharon Luzon

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television;The Avi Chai Foundation, Yes Doco

Musicians: Ronit Roland

Script: Avigail Sperber

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: תקופת מבחן

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