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Scene from FOR MY FATHER (photo © Relevant Film/Israfilm)

Tarek is a man on a mission. He’s disillusioned, he’s angry, and he’s wired to go off in a crowded Tel Aviv marketplace. But when his faulty detonation switch fails, Tarek is stranded in a neighborhood during Shabbat, waiting for a replacement part from Mr. Katz, owner of the local fix-it shop. Katz offers Tarek a place to spend the night, and in exchange, he agrees to patch a hole in Katz’s roof. In the interim, he meets a young, attractive shopkeeper who is estranged from her family, and learns, perhaps for the first time, what it means to care for someone who shares neither his religious beliefs, nor his politics.

In that short 48 hours, getting to know these endearing new friends puts a human face on Tarek’s mission, and forces him to re-examine his motives. In its own subtle and sympathetic way, FOR MY FATHER demonstrates that there is more than one side to every story, and that if one is willing to stop and listen, there is always another way.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Dror Zahavi
Screenplay Yonatan Dror, Ido Dror
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Fritz Busse
Misha Segal
Kuly Sander
Cast Shlomo Vishinski, Hili Yalon, Shredy Jabarin, Rozina Kambus
Producer Heike Wiehle-Timm
Co-Producers Shlomo Mograbi, Zvi Spielmann
Production Company Relevant Film, in co-production with Israfilm Motion Picture Productions/Herzliya
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
 Hebrew/Arabic, German
Subtitled Versions German, English, French
Festivals Moscow 2008, Jerusalem 2008, Montreal 2008, Zurich 2008, Hamburg 2008, Hamptons 2008, Luebeck 2008, Biberach 2008, Plus Cameraimage 2008, Sofia 2009, Festival of Israeli Cinema Paris 2009, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival 2009, Cinequest 2009, Philadelphia 2009, Cambridge 2009
Awards Audience Award Moscow 2008, 2nd Place Audience Rating Hamptons 2008, Audience Award Cinequest 2009, Grand Prix Sofia 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, NDR, Israel Film Fund, Israel Film Council, éQuinoxe
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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