How to Say Silence

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How to Say Silence

A photo found by the filmmaker in her grandmother’s house after her death seems strange. She has a pregnant belly. But she had told the story of adopting the director’s father because she was not able to conceive. Her old friends explain that the kibbutz decided state-building efforts preclude giving birth, and she had an abortion that damaged her womb. This sets the director’s curiosity about her biological grandmother. The adoption file tells of Shoshana, 16, an Iraqi immigrant who got pregnant out of wedlock. Her sister reveals that the family abused her but she refused to give up the baby, who was eventually taken from her. Both suffered patriarchal oppression and remained silent. Both grandmothers’ stories lead the filmmaker to confront her parents about her own silence on sexual abuse in the family. For the sake of the three, she must break the silence.

Festivals and Awards:

Docaviv Festival - Israeli Competition, Tel-Aviv Israel, 2021

Director: Shir Newman

Producer: Dana Shalev, Tzipi Baider, Uzi Karin. Post Production Supervisor: Nofar Vaknin

Production Company: Kastina Communication

Cinematographer: May Abadi-grebler

Editor: Sharon Yaish

Soundtrack Editor: Yossi Appelbaum

Original Soundtrack: Arnon Naor (sun Tailor)

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

Script: Shir Newman

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: איך אומרות שתיקה

A photo found by the filmmaker in her grandmother’s house after her death seems strange. She has a pregnant belly. But she had told the story of adopting the director’s father because she was not able to conceive. Her old friends explain that the kibbutz decided state-building efforts preclude giving birth, and she had an abortion that damaged her womb. This sets the director’s curiosity about her biological grandmother. The adoption file tells of Shoshana, 16, an Iraqi immigrant who got pregnant out of wedlock. Her sister reveals that the family abused her but she refused to give up the baby, who was eventually taken from her. Both suffered patriarchal oppression and remained silent. Both grandmothers’ stories lead the filmmaker to confront her parents about her own silence on sexual abuse in the family. For the sake of the three, she must break the silence.

Festivals and Awards:

Docaviv Festival - Israeli Competition, Tel-Aviv Israel, 2021

 

Director: Shir Newman

Producer: Dana Shalev, Tzipi Baider, Uzi Karin. Post Production Supervisor: Nofar Vaknin

Production Company: Kastina Communication

Cinematographer: May Abadi-grebler

Editor: Sharon Yaish

Soundtrack Editor: Yossi Appelbaum

Original Soundtrack: Arnon Naor (sun Tailor)

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

Script: Shir Newman

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: איך אומרות שתיקה

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