The War of Raya Sinitsina

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The War of Raya Sinitsina

A young filmmaker meets and follows Raya, a 94-year-old Soviet war heroine who fought in the Siege of Leningrad. As Head of the World War II Disabled Veterans Club in her city, she introduces him to a vanishing generation in Israel. Her own fighting spirit and willpower are still fierce. As Raya faces the loss of her last comrades and her health deteriorates, the two become involved in a spiritual process that awakens the young woman within her; Through her eyes and dreams, they create their own reality in which time and age lose all meaning. Their growing closeness transforms a film about war and loss into a mystical story of love and friendship.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Director and Best Cinematography Awards - Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2020; Best Debut Feature and Best Cinematography - Israeli Documentary Association, 2020; Audience Award - Doker Film Festival, Russia, 2021; Special Jury Mention - EBS IDF, South Korea, 2021; Best Film of "Saratov — Open City" special program - Saratov Sufferings Documentary Festival, Russia, 2021; 1st Prize of Hearts, Minds & Souls - FLICKERS: Rhode Island IFF, 2021; Main Prize - Flahertiana, Russia, 2021; Special Prize for High Artistic Achievements in the Documentary - Russian Documentary Film and Television Guild, 2021; Grand Prix and Best Documentary Feature - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2021; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, North Carolina, USA, 2021; Moscow Jewish Film Festival, Russia, 2021; Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2021; Cottbus Film Festival, Germany, 2021; Sputnik Russian Film Festival, Russia, 2021  

Director: Efim Graboy

Producer: Yahaly Gat, Efim Graboy

Production Company: Muse Productions

Cinematographer: Efim Graboy, Daniel Binsted

Editor: Efim Graboy

Soundtrack Editor: Anton Levkin

Original Soundtrack: Omri Behr

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp, Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts

Script: Efim Graboy

Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Film Name in Hebrew: מלחמתה של רעיה סיניצינה

A young filmmaker meets and follows Raya, a 94-year-old Soviet war heroine who fought in the Siege of Leningrad. As Head of the World War II Disabled Veterans Club in her city, she introduces him to a vanishing generation in Israel. Her own fighting spirit and willpower are still fierce. As Raya faces the loss of her last comrades and her health deteriorates, the two become involved in a spiritual process that awakens the young woman within her; Through her eyes and dreams, they create their own reality in which time and age lose all meaning. Their growing closeness transforms a film about war and loss into a mystical story of love and friendship.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Director and Best Cinematography Awards - Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2020; Best Debut Feature and Best Cinematography - Israeli Documentary Association, 2020; Audience Award - Doker Film Festival, Russia, 2021; Special Jury Mention - EBS IDF, South Korea, 2021; Best Film of "Saratov — Open City" special program - Saratov Sufferings Documentary Festival, Russia, 2021; 1st Prize of Hearts, Minds & Souls - FLICKERS: Rhode Island IFF, 2021; Main Prize - Flahertiana, Russia, 2021; Special Prize for High Artistic Achievements in the Documentary - Russian Documentary Film and Television Guild, 2021; Grand Prix and Best Documentary Feature - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2021; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, North Carolina, USA, 2021; Moscow Jewish Film Festival, Russia, 2021; Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2021; Cottbus Film Festival, Germany, 2021; Sputnik Russian Film Festival, Russia, 2021  

 

Director: Efim Graboy

Producer: Yahaly Gat, Efim Graboy

Production Company: Muse Productions

Cinematographer: Efim Graboy, Daniel Binsted

Editor: Efim Graboy

Soundtrack Editor: Anton Levkin

Original Soundtrack: Omri Behr

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp, Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts

Script: Efim Graboy

Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Film Name in Hebrew: מלחמתה של רעיה סיניצינה

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