Mazal Means Luck
Mazal Ben Yishai, the film's student director, was born to a special-needs couple and raised alongside them by her grandparents. Camera in hand, Mazal documents the nuanced dramas unfolding daily within her family and weaves into the archival footage shot by her grandfather over the years of her childhood. The result is a rare and moving documentary that raises crucial social and political questions about the impossible ethical dilemmas faced by Mazal as her grandparents age and her parents become concerned about who will care for them in the future.
DocAviv Documentary Film Festival May 2015 - 2nd Prize for Best Student Film
Jerusalem Film Festival 2015 - First Prize, Best Short Film. For prizegiving ceremony see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c03zT6Qh5A4&feature=youtu.be
Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum, Student Competition 2015 - Finalist
Christian Film Festival Virginia, USA 2016 - Best Student Film, Best Foreign Film
FIDÉ Student Documentary Film Festival, France, 2018