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Monkey Business

Monkey Business is the story of the other Israel, a land of crime and poverty hidden under the smiling facade of Tel-Aviv. The Yair family lives a constant battle to keep their heads above the water; small crimes, petty frauds, dubious characters, and monstrous debts are their only way to keep going. Giori (18) is the oldest of four siblings. Though he tries to provide for his family, everything he does seems to turn into a disaster. Hagai, the youngest brother prepares to celebrate his dream Bar-Mitzvah. All his family wants is for Hagai to enjoy this one day where he can have a normal party and be just like everyone else.
The family manages to save $1000, but Giori gambles it away, losing it to the mafia. Now he has just a few months to get it all back in order to save his own neck and maybe even his brother’s birthday.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary Award at the Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2006

Director: Daniel Sivan

Producer: Yariv Mozer, Arik Bernstein

Production Company: Alma Films, Mozer Films

Cinematographer: Daniel Sivan, Oded Farber

Editor: Oded Farber

Original Soundtrack: Nati ornan, Tal Wagner

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

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: המלחמה של גיורי

Monkey Business is the story of the other Israel, a land of crime and poverty hidden under the smiling facade of Tel-Aviv. The Yair family lives a constant battle to keep their heads above the water; small crimes, petty frauds, dubious characters, and monstrous debts are their only way to keep going. Giori (18) is the oldest of four siblings. Though he tries to provide for his family, everything he does seems to turn into a disaster. Hagai, the youngest brother prepares to celebrate his dream Bar-Mitzvah. All his family wants is for Hagai to enjoy this one day where he can have a normal party and be just like everyone else.
The family manages to save $1000, but Giori gambles it away, losing it to the mafia. Now he has just a few months to get it all back in order to save his own neck and maybe even his brother’s birthday.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary Award at the Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2006

Director: Daniel Sivan

Producer: Yariv Mozer, Arik Bernstein

Production Company: Alma Films, Mozer Films

Cinematographer: Daniel Sivan, Oded Farber

Editor: Oded Farber

Original Soundtrack: Nati ornan, Tal Wagner

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

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: המלחמה של גיורי

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