the Ma'aleh school of television, film & the arts, Jerusalem

Give it Back!


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Olivia is a 12 year old immigrant from New York. She is trying to find her place in the new world she just landed in, Israeli society. Instantly she connects with Alem, an Ethiopian boy who sits next to her in class. It doesn't take long for her to realize that their friendship is social suicide. 
This is a story about alienation, friendship and home. 

Director: Ruchama Erenhalt
Producer: Shira Billig
Screenwriter: Ruchama Erenhalt
Ora Knapel, Tadese Aklo, Michaella Kavim
Additional Crew
Director of Photography: Tal Ninyo
SOUND DESIGN: Mitch Clyman
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Sapir Matityahu
Screenings & Prizes

International Women's Film Festival KIN, Armenia 2019

Chicago International Children's Film Festvial USA 2019

International Kids Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 2019

Solidarity Film Festival, Israel 2019

Near Nazareth Film Festival, Israel 2019

Larissa Film Festival, Greece 2020

Central Michigan International Film Festival, USA 2020

Living Skies Student Film Festival, Canada 2020. Awards: First Prize, Best Fictional Film; First Prize, Best Performance by Ora Knapel

Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, USA 2020

Post Alley Film Festival, USA 2020

Cinemira - Budapest International Film Festival, Hungary 2020

Bushman Film Festival, Ivory Coast, 2020

Jersey Shore Film Festival, USA, 2020

Vox Feminae Film Festival, Croatia, 2020

Nenagh Children's Film Festival, 2020

Busan International YOuth & Kids Film Festival, South Korea

Montrreal Indie Shorts Festival, Canada, 2020: Award: Best Youth Cinema 

Leonid Khromov International Film Festival, Russian Federation, 2020

Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2020

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

Real to Reel Global Youth Film Festival, USA, 2020 Award: Best Film

BZN International Film Festival, USA, 2020

16 Rolan International Film Festival for Children & Youth, Armenia, 2020

19th Florianópolis Children's Film Festival, Brazil, 2021


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