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Cinema Sabaya

Directed by Orit Fouks Rotem

Release: 2023
Runtime: 92
Country: Israel
Language: Arabic and Hebrew w/ English subtitles
Director: Orit Fouks Rotem
Writer: Orit Fouks Rotem
Cinematographer: Itay Marom

A group of Palestinian and Israeli women attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by Rona (Dana Ivgy, Zero Motivation), a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv, who teaches them to document their lives. As each student shares footage from her home life with the others, their beliefs and preconceptions are challenged and barriers are broken down. The group comes together as mothers, daughters, wives, and women living in a world designed to keep them apart, forming an empowering and lasting bond as they learn more about each other... and themselves. Inspired by writer-director Orit Fouks Rotem’s own experiences as a teacher, Cinema Sabaya presents a deft and heartfelt portrait of art’s capacity to unite disparate communities, moving effortlessly between the gravity of their conversations and the genuine joy of this unlikely group of friends. Israel’s Official Submission to the 95th Academy Awards and winner of five Ophir Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Joanna Said).

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Official Submission to the Academy Awards – Best International Film
Official Selection Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Color


Venue City Date
Austin Film Society Austin 1679371200March 21, 2023
Cinema Art Bethesda Bethesda 1681617600April 16, 2023
Cinematique of Daytona Daytona Beach 1680840000April 7 - April 20, 2023
Circle Cinema Tulsa 1680062400March 29 - March 30, 2023
Dietrich Theater Tunkhannock 1682481600April 26 - May 10, 2023
Film Streams Omaha 1680840000April 7 - April 13, 2023
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1680235200March 31 - April 6, 2023
Gold Town Nickelodeon Juneau 1700110800November 16 - November 18, 2023
Grand Illusion Cinema Seattle 1679025600March 17 - February 23, 2023
JCC Manhattan New York 1676350800February 14, 2023
JCC MetroWest West Orange 1678852800March 15, 2023
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1677214800February 24 - March 2, 2023
New Plaza Cinema New York 1676005200February 10 - February 12, 2023
Quad Cinema New York 1676005200February 10 - February 16, 2023
VIFF Centre Vancouver 1677992400March 5 - February 11, 2023