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Blood Engagement

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Blood Engagement

A violent crime leads us through a fascinating journey back in time from Africa to modern Israel, as we follow the hopes, frustrations and daily struggles of two Ethiopian women. The film tells the stories of Abuna Vessa, mother of five, who was strangled to death by her husband; and Ania Matiko, whose husband fails in his attempt to murder her. The film seeks to reconstruct what led to these two events, while exploring the women’s alienation and clashes with a society that is not sympathetic to their traditions.

Festivals and Awards:

Special Mention at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2004; DokFest, Munich, 2004; Astra International Film Festival, Romania, 2004

Director: Ada Ushpiz

Producer: Ada Ushpiz, Shula Spiegel

Production Company: Shula Spiegel

Cinematographer: Danor Glazer

Editor: Ron Goldman

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Channel 8

Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Film Name in Hebrew: אירוסי דמים

A violent crime leads us through a fascinating journey back in time from Africa to modern Israel, as we follow the hopes, frustrations and daily struggles of two Ethiopian women. The film tells the stories of Abuna Vessa, mother of five, who was strangled to death by her husband; and Ania Matiko, whose husband fails in his attempt to murder her. The film seeks to reconstruct what led to these two events, while exploring the women’s alienation and clashes with a society that is not sympathetic to their traditions.

Festivals and Awards:

Special Mention at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2004; DokFest, Munich, 2004; Astra International Film Festival, Romania, 2004

Director: Ada Ushpiz

Producer: Ada Ushpiz, Shula Spiegel

Production Company: Shula Spiegel

Cinematographer: Danor Glazer

Editor: Ron Goldman

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Channel 8

Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Film Name in Hebrew: אירוסי דמים

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