DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Child Mother

Child Mother

Esther’s, Naomi’s and Hanna’s memories are testimony to the cruelty of a both archaic and brutal tradition in human trafficking: the forced marriage of young girls to considerably older men for “Mohar” (nuptial money). The women, who come from Morocco and Yemen and are now grown old, have their say today in a dialogue with their daughters and sons who grew up in Israel. Their subjects are hushing up the age difference, repeated miscarriages and very early motherhood, being forced to work in spite of the babies at home, legendary escape attempts, self-empowerment by literacy, and always the constellation of raising kids in spite of the unfathomable trauma of having been sold by their parents. The film is most controversial when wounds meet wounds. “Did you never think about the fact that I would grow up without a father?” Avi asks, who became a half-orphan at the age of six.

With great empathy and stoicism the filmmakers manage to open an intimate space in which, of course, there is also dancing, joking and singing. And when the inexpressible manifests itself in pure emotion, there is always the women’s silence – carrying every facet of anger, shame, the longing to be dead, pride and will power.

Nadja Rademacher
Original Title: Ima Yalda
Country: Israel
Year: 2016
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Ronen Zaretzky, Yael Kipper
Producer: Yael Kipper, Ronen Zaretzky
Cinematographer: Ronen Zaretzky
Editor: Tor Ben Mayor
Music: Shiran Karni, Adi Forti, Oren Rot
Sound: Aviv Aldema, Db Studios
Script: Ronen Zaretzky, Yael Kipper

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.