Director: Yael Klopmann-Rabinovitz
Topic: Israeli police execute the difficult task of evacuating Jews from the Gaza Strip settlement of Gush-Katif.
Financing: The film was funded by Jim Abrams, an American producer who met the filmmakers and formed a production company with them while shooting the feature “A House Divided” in Israel.
Shooting format: Shot on Beta digital and transferred to 35mm.
Why it stands out: Klopmann-Rabinovitz deftly captures the sensitivity and restraint of the officers, who must carry out a highly emotional task calmly, with sympathy and without violence.
Memorable scene: Chief Inspector Asaf Walfisch, a devout Jew, promises an evacuee that he will find the family Torah of a rabbi who is being evacuated. Walfisch enters the rabbi’s home, where people are screaming that he’s a criminal and questioning his wearing of a yarmulke; he retrieves the rabbi’s cases and personally arranges to fetch the scrolls from the synagogue.
Distribution status: No deals have yet been made, though the film is being sent out to festivals, with a theatrical release in the U.S. planned before any broadcasting.
On the making of the film: Klopmann-Rabinovitz, who was nine months pregnant at the time and watching the Gush-Katif evacuation on live TV from home, directed six film crews remotely. “We wanted to show the situation — it was a very difficult situation, a very sensitive situation — from all sides,” she says. “My job was to see how we can do these things — these very difficult things — without someone getting hurt.”