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Ben Zaken

EFRAT COREM
ISRAEL 2014, 90′

Screenplay: Efrat Corem
Cinematography: Shafir Sarussi
Editing: Nisim Massas
Sound: Michael Gorevitch
Production: Itai Tamir
Cast: Rom Shoshan, Eliraz sade

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ben zaken_1_Photo_By_Shafir_Sarusi

Shlomi Ben Zaken, a 34 year old single father, has been raising his daughter, 11 year old Ruchi, all her life in his mother’s apartment in Ashkelon. The Ben Zaken family lives in the projects, in the outskirts of the city, populated by generations of immigrants in a mute co-dependency fighting to make ends meet. Shlomi lives in a constant struggle of survival, trying to raise Ruchi the best he can, yet he recognizes his inability to function as a parent and to provide her the opportunity for a better life.
Will he succeed in letting his daughter go and giving her the merciful life he never had?

Efrat Corem_Director_Photo_By_Tami Luria EFRAT COREM
Efrat Corem was born and raised in Ashkelon, Southern Israel. She is a B.F.A graduate in Cinema and Television studies at Sapir College. Her graduate student film, YOUR YOUNGER DAUGHER RACHEL, was selected in Cannes 2007 at the Cinéfondation competition.
Since 2009 she is the artistic director of the Cinema South Film Festival in Sderot Israel, in charge of the Israeli cinema section of the festival. Her debut film BEN ZAKEN won the first prize development grant in the Pitch-Point competition of the Jerusalem Film Festival 2013.