To be Like Avi

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To be Like Avi

To be Like Avi

To Be Like Avi is the coming-of-age story of three friends, refugees who fled Africa and left their families behind. They study in the Galilee and dream of following in the footsteps of Avi (formally Ibrahim), the only refugee who somehow obtained an Israeli citizenship and enlisted in the IDF. The film follows them during their senior high-school year. At the end of the year they will find out whether they can achieve the impossible and join the IDF or be deported back to their countries – and to a certain sentence of death.

The trio deals with familiar teen-age topics like falling in and out of love, tradition and progress, idealism and reality. However, their story unfolds in a complex social and political reality and highlights the problems of the African refugees’ in Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

The Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2012; DocAviv Galil Film Festival, Israel, 2013, Winner of the Ministry of Culture Zionism Award, Israel, 2013

Director: Inbal Shprinzak

Producer: Noam Pinchas

Cinematographer: Inbal Shprinzak, Uri Ackerman

Editor: Koby Netanel

Soundtrack Editor: Gilad Shavit

Original Soundtrack: Erez Russo

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, YES Docu

Script: Inbal Shprinzak, Noam Pinchas, Koby Netanel

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: להיות כמו אבי

To Be Like Avi is the coming-of-age story of three friends, refugees who fled Africa and left their families behind. They study in the Galilee and dream of following in the footsteps of Avi (formally Ibrahim), the only refugee who somehow obtained an Israeli citizenship and enlisted in the IDF. The film follows them during their senior high-school year. At the end of the year they will find out whether they can achieve the impossible and join the IDF or be deported back to their countries – and to a certain sentence of death.

The trio deals with familiar teen-age topics like falling in and out of love, tradition and progress, idealism and reality. However, their story unfolds in a complex social and political reality and highlights the problems of the African refugees’ in Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

The Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2012; DocAviv Galil Film Festival, Israel, 2013, Winner of the Ministry of Culture Zionism Award, Israel, 2013

 

Director: Inbal Shprinzak

Producer: Noam Pinchas

Cinematographer: Inbal Shprinzak, Uri Ackerman

Editor: Koby Netanel

Soundtrack Editor: Gilad Shavit

Original Soundtrack: Erez Russo

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, YES Docu

Script: Inbal Shprinzak, Noam Pinchas, Koby Netanel

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: להיות כמו אבי

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