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Halakeh

This is the story of a journey made by a young religious family: Yael, Yoni, and their three-year-old son Yiftach. Yoni, once a barely observant Jew, is now devoted to the passionately Hassidic Breslov tradition. His wife Yael has remained in a more moderate, mainstream branch of Judaism. Yiftach’s third birthday falls on the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, and Yoni wants to take Yiftach through a masculine rite of passage – the halakeh ceremony, where a boy’s hair is cut for the first time, leaving only his ear-locks. The long journey to Mount Meron brings their conflict into sharp relief. Their encounters with various characters along the way further highlight the chasm which has developed between them.

Festivals and Awards:

Nominated for Best Drama in the Israeli Academy Awards, 2009; Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2008; International Women`s Film Festival, Rehovot, 2008; Austin Jewish Film Festival, 2009; Limmud NY, 2009; ONfilm Fest, Northfolk, Virginia, 2009; Brazil Religion Film Festival, 2009; Signis Special Mention at the Religion Today Film Festival, Trento, Italy 2010

Director: Avigail Sperber

Producer: Gil Mezuman

Soundtrack Editor: Jonathan Bar-Giora

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

Script: Mordechai Vardi

Co-Production: Mordechai Vardi

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: חלאקה

This is the story of a journey made by a young religious family: Yael, Yoni, and their three-year-old son Yiftach. Yoni, once a barely observant Jew, is now devoted to the passionately Hassidic Breslov tradition. His wife Yael has remained in a more moderate, mainstream branch of Judaism. Yiftach’s third birthday falls on the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, and Yoni wants to take Yiftach through a masculine rite of passage – the halakeh ceremony, where a boy’s hair is cut for the first time, leaving only his ear-locks. The long journey to Mount Meron brings their conflict into sharp relief. Their encounters with various characters along the way further highlight the chasm which has developed between them.

Festivals and Awards:

Nominated for Best Drama in the Israeli Academy Awards, 2009; Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2008; International Women`s Film Festival, Rehovot, 2008; Austin Jewish Film Festival, 2009; Limmud NY, 2009; ONfilm Fest, Northfolk, Virginia, 2009; Brazil Religion Film Festival, 2009; Signis Special Mention at the Religion Today Film Festival, Trento, Italy 2010

Director: Avigail Sperber

Producer: Gil Mezuman

Soundtrack Editor: Jonathan Bar-Giora

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

Script: Mordechai Vardi

Co-Production: Mordechai Vardi

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: חלאקה

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