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Ariel University’s graduate films showcased in Tel Aviv

“Nahala (Inheritance)” about a student’s struggle with life on a Samarian hilltop takes top prize

On the heels of the Academy Awards, a different kind of film history was made in Tel Aviv on March 5, 2014 when graduate films of Ariel University‘s Film/TV track were given awards at a festive screening at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque. These rising stars are on the forefront of filmmaking that grapples with ever complex Israeli—and human—realities.

Eight student films were showcased at this annual event, with awards and prizes offered in four different categories and winners selected by a committee composed of Ariel University instructors and professionals in the film/TV world. Guest of honor, Arnon Zadok, acclaimed Israeli actor and director, addressed the graduates, saying: “There’s no more difficult or beautiful place to be than filmmaking.”

And the winners are:

Best Picture Nahala (Inheritance)” –  A documentary by Chen Klein following her internal and physical challenges making her home in a caravan on a Samarian hilltop. Click to view trailer.

Best Cinematography, Direction and Production & Crowd Favorite Taba’at Nafla (The Fallen Ring)” – A film noir by Shachar Shooker in which a wedding ring sends a man on an anguished longing for a lost love. Click to view trailer. 

Best Editing HaAnakhah (Sigh)” – A daring, experimental film by Shani Mallis that portrays with strange beauty an overweight man suffering with a grotesque overeating problem. Click to view trailer.

Honorable Mention – “Matir Asurim (He Who Unshackles)” A drama following a beautiful, forlorn IDF soldier’s uncertain relationship with an older man. Click to view trailer. 


The films have been acquired or are slated to be shown by the following television channels and festivals: IBA’s Channel 1, Israel’s Channel 2 and Channel 10; Jerusalem International Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Ashkelon Jewish Eye, and Ramat HaSharon Gvanim.ther films featured were: “LeHathil M’hadash (Starting Again)”, “Ma’hapecha B’Kehila (Community Makeover)”, “Hatul B’Kufsah (Cat in a Box)”, and “Chayim ben Chayim (Between Life and Life)”.

The Film/TV Track at Ariel University’s School of Communications is a three year academic program culminating in a BA.

“We are pleased with the ever-increasing caliber and diversity, both in content and form, of our graduate films, as well as the steady recognition they are receiving in festivals worldwide,” said Eyal Boers, head of Ariel University’s Film/TV track.

Friends of Ariel began its valued working relationship with the Film/TV track when it showcased “Ariel Breakfast Club” at the 2011 Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles. The series of three student films follows unexpected encounters between students of different religious, socio-economic and political backgrounds, and it continues to make to festivals, including most recently the March 2014 Jewish Arts and Film Festival in Stamford, CT.


“In Israel, challenges breed creativity,” states Avi Zimmerman, Executive Director of American Friends of Ariel. “Israel is where disparate elements across international societies converge; East and West, traditional and post-modern, liberal and conservative, religious and secular–you name it, we got it. Our students are creative forerunners, unabashedly exploring the delicate nuances that characterize all walks of life in Israel.”

A special thank you to Ruth Brandt of Los Angeles for providing student scholarships for each of the films.

Post by Friends of Ariel – City of Samaria.