Mom’s First Olympics

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Mom’s First Olympics

Tami, the director’s mother, lost her vision at the age of forty. The long process of going blind lasted for nearly ten years, during which time she made every effort to ensure that her children were not affected by any change to their routine.  The first time the word “blind” was mentioned was when Tami began participating in lawn bowling competitions for the vision-impaired. The high point of the family’s struggle to cope with blindness is documented from the unique perspective of Ran, the son. With great sensitivity, Ran captures his mother’s determination to win a medal at the Special Olympics in Atlanta.

Festivals and Awards:

The Israel Film Academy Award, 1997; Best Documentary Award, at the Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 1997; Taiwan International Film Festival,1998; Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany, 1998; Jewish Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 1998; Bucharest International Film Festival, Romania, 1998

Director: Ran Carmeli

Producer: Micha Shagrir

Production Company: Tapuz and Sheba Communication

Cinematographer: Nurith Aviv, Dan Geva, Yoav Gurfinkel

Editor: Noam Weisman

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Israel Broadcasting Authority - Channel 1, the Israeli Council for Culture and Arts, the

Distributor: World Sales: Films Transit International Inc.

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: האולימפיאדה הראשונה של אמא

Tami, the director’s mother, lost her vision at the age of forty. The long process of going blind lasted for nearly ten years, during which time she made every effort to ensure that her children were not affected by any change to their routine.  The first time the word “blind” was mentioned was when Tami began participating in lawn bowling competitions for the vision-impaired. The high point of the family’s struggle to cope with blindness is documented from the unique perspective of Ran, the son. With great sensitivity, Ran captures his mother’s determination to win a medal at the Special Olympics in Atlanta.

Festivals and Awards:

The Israel Film Academy Award, 1997; Best Documentary Award, at the Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 1997; Taiwan International Film Festival,1998; Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany, 1998; Jewish Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 1998; Bucharest International Film Festival, Romania, 1998

Director: Ran Carmeli

Producer: Micha Shagrir

Production Company: Tapuz and Sheba Communication

Cinematographer: Nurith Aviv, Dan Geva, Yoav Gurfinkel

Editor: Noam Weisman

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Israel Broadcasting Authority - Channel 1, the Israeli Council for Culture and Arts, the

Distributor: World Sales: Films Transit International Inc.

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: האולימפיאדה הראשונה של אמא

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