Cinema Sabaya


Grand Illusion Cinema Fri, Mar 17 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Sat, Mar 18 4:00 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Sun, Mar 19 4:00 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Tue, Mar 21 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Thu, Mar 23 7:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2021
Production Country:Belgium
Original Langauge:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Orit Fouks Rotem
Cast:Dana Ivgy
Aseel Farhat
Khawlah Hag-Debsy
Orit Samuel
Amal Murkus
Screenwriter:Orit Fouks Rotem


Inspired by writer-director Orit Fouks Rotem’s own experiences as a teacher, CINEMA SABAYA presents a deft and heartfelt portrait of art’s capacity to unite disparate communities, moving effortlessly between heavy conversations and the genuine joy shared amongst an unlikely group of friends. Israel’s Official Submission to the 95th Academy Awards and winner of five Ophir Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.


A group of Palestinian and Israeli women attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by Rona (Dana Ivgy), a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv, who teaches them to document their lives. As each student shares footage from her home life with the others, their beliefs and preconceptions are challenged and barriers are broken down. The group comes together as mothers, daughters, wives, and women living in a world designed to keep them apart, forming an empowering and lasting bond as they learn more about each other... and themselves.


In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.