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The Children of San Simon

The Children of San Simon

Sima Shimony, age 69, embarks on a mission to find her friends and staff from the “ALYN” Institute for Children with Disabilities, that was situated in the secluded San-Simon monastery on a hilltop in Jerusalem, in the 1960s. Armed with a small camera attached to her wheelchair she sets on a journey across the country together with her friend Pini Newirth, also a polio-child, to unfold and reclaim the story of the children of the Polio epidemic. In a futile attempt to rebuild their bodies so they could walk – the children were subject to excruciating medical procedures with no parents or family at their side. But growing up together forged a group of remarkable, self-driven women and men with disabilities, who eventually launched the Disability Rights movement in Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2024

Director: Shachar Gal-Nur

Producer: Mooly Landesman, Tslil Landesman

Production Company: Sadot North LTD

Cinematographer: Ran Aviad

Editor: Kobi Netanel

Soundtrack Editor: Erez Eyni Shavit

Original Soundtrack: Itamar Doari

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Galil Foundation, Mifal Hapis, Gesher Foundation

Colourist / Online Editor: Aviran Aldema

Production Design: Elad Elharar

Script: Shachar Gal-Nur

Research: Shachar Gal-Nur, Sima shimoni

Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Film Name in Hebrew: הילדים ממנזר סן סימון

Sima Shimony, age 69, embarks on a mission to find her friends and staff from the “ALYN” Institute for Children with Disabilities, that was situated in the secluded San-Simon monastery on a hilltop in Jerusalem, in the 1960s. Armed with a small camera attached to her wheelchair she sets on a journey across the country together with her friend Pini Newirth, also a polio-child, to unfold and reclaim the story of the children of the Polio epidemic. In a futile attempt to rebuild their bodies so they could walk – the children were subject to excruciating medical procedures with no parents or family at their side. But growing up together forged a group of remarkable, self-driven women and men with disabilities, who eventually launched the Disability Rights movement in Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

Docaviv International Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2024

 
The Children of San Simon

Director: Shachar Gal-Nur

Producer: Mooly Landesman, Tslil Landesman

Production Company: Sadot North LTD

Cinematographer: Ran Aviad

Editor: Kobi Netanel

Soundtrack Editor: Erez Eyni Shavit

Original Soundtrack: Itamar Doari

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Galil Foundation, Mifal Hapis, Gesher Foundation

Colourist / Online Editor: Aviran Aldema

Production Design: Elad Elharar

Script: Shachar Gal-Nur

Research: Shachar Gal-Nur, Sima shimoni

Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Film Name in Hebrew: הילדים ממנזר סן סימון

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