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Winner of five Ophir Awards including Best Picture and Best Director and Israel’s Official Submission to the 95th Academy Awards.


A group of Arab and Jewish women attend a video workshop at a small town community center run by Rona, 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 generated by this unlikely group of friends.




  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    92 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Hebrew w/subtitles
  • Country
    Israel
  • Premiere
    Palm Beach County
  • Director
    Orit Fouks Rotem
  • Screenwriter
    Orit Fouks Rotem
  • Producer
    Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Maya Fischer
  • Executive Producer
    Moshe Edery Ori Eisen
  • Co-Producer
    Aurelien Bodinaux, Rhian Vialva
  • Cast
    Dana Ivgy, Aseel Farhat, Khawlah Hag-Debsy
  • Cinematographer
    Itay Marom
  • Editor
    Neta Dvorkis
  • Composer
    Karni Postel
  • Sound Design
    Julien Mizac