FILMS: Fiction


Gan Eden Theresin (Hebrew title)

Paradise Ghetto Theresienstadt (60 minutes) A painter in the ghetto draws sketches of Nazi atrocities, in order to expose the German hoax about the ‘Model Jewish Ghetto of Theresienstadt’. Her daughter, Irena smuggles the drawings out of the ghetto and hands them over to Czech partisans. As the Nazis get hold of the drawings, Irena does not admit that she is the smuggler and three innocent friends of hers are executed in her place. Presented as the stream of consciousness of a girl in Tel Aviv today, while she is playing the main role in the opera Brudibar, previously performed by children in Theresienstadt. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, April 1992)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Sharon Grundlinger -- Irena.

Cheli Goldenberg -- Mother.

Phillip Hlabin -- Father.

Isaac Noy -- Milos and Lollek.

Micha Aran -- Cellist.

Amir Ben Yosef -- SS Officer.

Itay Peled -- Partisan Farmer.

Omri Zigelberg -- Partisan Boy.

Isaac Tuchman -- Jewish Policeman.

Isaac Molcho -- Red Cross Representative.

Immanuel Tirkel -- Red Cross Representative.

Milka Zigelberg -- Teacher in the Ghetto.

Yohav Shaham -- Brundibar.

Rafi Philosoph -- Boy in Opera.

Anat Morag -- Conductor of the Tel-Aviv Music Conservatorium Chorus.

Members of the Tel-Aviv Music Conservatorium Chorus.

Lidia Feingresh -- Ballet Teacher.

Students of the Ramat Aviv Classical Ballet School.

Students of the Ussishkin School.

Script writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Asher Cohen.

Camera Assistants -- Reuven Plaut, Yaron Harel, Noam Reich.

Soundmen -- Dudo Liss, Shabtay Sarig, Dani Matalon.

Lighting -- Gali Reshef , Eli Zak.

Art Director -- Sargio Aronson, Isaac Tuchman.

Production Assistants -- Ramit Lufenfeld, Iris Avraham.

Asssistant Director -- Alon Lifshitz.

Producer -- Haim Calev.

Music: Hans Krasa, Score for the Opera Brundibar.

Advisers: Ruth Eliav, Ruth Bondi, Dr. Nilli Keren.


Erika (Hebrew title)

Erika (30 minutes) A young Dutch woman settles in an Israeli kibbutz after having traveled around the world. Having encountered loneliness and suffering everywhere, she clutches on to values of collective involvement as the only way of life she wants to live. Cast to play the role of the biblical character of Ruth in a film produced by a kibbutz member, she uses her own life experience in her performance. A comparison of attitudes and values between the biblical age and modern times evolves, raising moral questions and irony. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, May 1991)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Annaka Gal -- Erika and Ruth.

Amnon Israeli -- Filmmaker and Biblical Boaz.

Doron Golan -- Kibbutz member.

Mira Saham-Golan -- Kibbutz member

Miriam Lerman-Beer -- Biblical Naomi.

Script writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Arye Paldi.

Camera Assistants -- Yossi Leon.

Soundmen -- Beni Baruh, Shimon Friman.

Lighting -- Shahar Barzilay.

Asssistant Director -- Ramit Lufenfeld.

Production Manager -- Doron Golan.

Producer -- Haim Calev.


Sinamey Dereh (Hebrew title)

Road Signs (30 minutes) Story of a bright young man, considered to be extremely selfish and money oriented. After he falls in action as a soldier, it is discovered that he used to donate in secret large amounts of money - which he earned as a computer programmer - to a group of scouts in a poverty stricken area. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, April 1991)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Guy Vardi -- Ron.

Leor Levin -- Young Scout.

Motzi Noyman -- Scouts Leader.

Ami Levin -- Head Scouts Parents Board.

Orith Maoz -- Member Scouts Parents Board.

Ronen Zeevi -- Member Scouts Parents Board.

Yaron Evron -- Scouts Instructor.

Yiffat Avidor -- Scouts Instructor.

Dror Uzan -- Youth in Slum.

Moti Zarfati -- Youth in Slum.

Miki Lvov -- Youth in Slum.

Hezi Helali -- Youth in Slum.

Baruch Raz -- Youth in Slum.

Oren Krakov -- Youth in Slum.

Ithay Fliker -- Youth in Slum.

Moshe Elyazov -- Youth in Slum.

Yitzhak Noy -- Narrator.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Asher Cohen, Deva Melman..

Assistants Cameramen -- Noam Taich, Nahum Illan.

Under Water Photography -- David Philossof.

Soundman -- Eli Yarkoni, Dudu Liss.

Lighting -- Shahar Barzilay, Eli Zak.

Production Manager -- Guy Vardi.

Titles -- Aviran Aldema.

Producer -- Haim Calev.


Sodo shel Arik (Hebrew title)

Arik's Secret (30 minutes) Graduation process of Arik, falsely accused of steeling money and unjustly persecuted. He admits a theft that he never committed as an experiment to cope with a challenging situation and to embarrass his accusers who know the truth. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, September 1990)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Ran Piron - Arik.

Miki Marmur -- Dalia.

Naomi Amir -- School Principle.

Gili Keren -- School Teacher.

Lea Lufenfeld -- Psychologist.

Aviram Marko -- Guy.

Uri Bentov -- Leor.

Nir Barak -- Gidi.

Efrat Borohovski -- Irit.

Tamar Borohovski -- Keren.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Asher Cohen.

Assistants Cameraman -- Dani Gershon.

Soundman -- Cassi Cohen, Dani Matalon.

Lighting -- Eli Zak.

Assistant Directors -- Nathan Brand, Ayelet Morgenshtern, Nava Rosenfeld.

Production Manager -- Orit Illan.

Producer -- Haim Calev.


Monith Tzehuba (Hebrew title)

Yellow Cab (30 minutes) A flower-store owner, persecuted by income tax authorities, decides to emigrate to the USA. He sells all his property and buys a yellow cab in New York. His son tries in vain to fight his parents' project. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, April 1990)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Regev Bar -- Amihay.

Amikam Levi -- Gideon.

Odeya Koren -- Michal.

Brian McHail -- Official at the American Consulate.

Barak Stav -- Amihay's Brother.

Shira Meroz -- Limor.

Henya Illan -- Grandmother.

Scout Insructors -- Shuki Weiss, Shai Darin, Yayelet Nossak.

Ramat-Aviv Scouts Tribe Band.

Memders Scouts Tribe of Ramat-Aviv.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Asher Cohen.

Assistant Cameraman -- Reuven Plaut.

Soundman -- Cathriel Cohen, Amos Tzipori.

Lighting -- Shahar Barzilay.

Producction Assistants -- Judi Litany, Odea Leshem, Margalit Tobi.

Producer -- Haim Calev.

Original Score: Yaron Kafkaffi.


Ha-Nitzahon shel Barak (Hebrew title)

The Victory of Barak (30 minutes) A true and equal friendship between a blind young man, Barak and a sighted girl, Orna is interpreted by a journalist as an act of altruistic devotion. Orna is interviewed on television and collaborates with her interviewers, who glorify her for her deeds, thus reinforcing wrong stereotypes about people who are deprived of sight. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, December 1989)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Barak Guetta -- Barak.

Lee Ulsha -- Orna.

Shlomo Sadan -- Dan.

Yossi Timan -- Magician.

Dor Pelless -- Journalist, Instructor.

Isaac Noy -- Television Interviewer.

Ora Behor -- Yossefa, motion instructor for the blind.

Efrath Silverman -- Teacher.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Asher Cohen.

Assistants Cameraman -- Reuven Plaut.

Soundman -- Ricardo Levi.

Lighting -- Eli Zak, Shahar Barzilay.

Assitant Director -- Margalit Tobi.

Production Manager -- Michael Yohay.


Ha-Pardess shel Saba (Hebrew title)

Grand Father's Orchard (30 minutes) A farmer decides to uproot an orange orchard and build a profit making country club in its place. His father who planted the orchard with his own hands as a pioneer settler and his son join in vain forces to fight him. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, October 1989)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Yossi Yadin - Grand-Father.

Dudik Semadar -- Farmer.

Michal Nadivi -- Farmer's Wife.

Pini Zukerman -- Land dealer.

Oded Heiruti -- Tractor Operator.

Omer Meluban -- Eran.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Roni Lipetz.

Assistants Cameraman -- Tali Aloni.

Soundman -- Issahar Vishnya..

Lighting -- Eli Zak.

Assitant Director -- Gilad Ben-Ari.

Production Manager -- Michael Yohay.

Producer -- Haim Calev.


Hayat Ha-Hosheh (Hebrew title)

The Animal of Darkness (30 minutes) A war widow becomes involved with her fallen husband's best friend. It is betrayal for her little son, who fights his sorrow by inventing an imaginary animal of darkness, through which he communicates with his deceased father. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, May 1989)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cast: Eran Katz -- Uri.

Maya Rothschild -- Mother.

Dan Turgeman -- Father.

Ami Traub -- Father's Friend.

Lawrence Price -- Army Representative.

Zipi Pink -- Army Representative.

Script writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Based on a Story by Uri Orlev.

Crew: Cameraman -- Roni Lipetz.

Camera Assistants -- Reuven Plaut.

Soundmen -- Ricardo Levi.

Lighting -- Shahar Barzilay.

Art Director -- Sandra Gutman.

Production Assistants -- Ramit Lufenfeld, Iris Avraham.

Asssistant Director -- Shay Ron.

Script Girl -- Rinat Benzioni.

Production Manager -- Lawrence Price.


El Ha-Thahana (Hebrew title) [Original title in English]

To the Station. Based on a fragment in Kafka's diary (10 minutes) A man cannot find the way to the railroad station. Realizing that may be late, he runs breathlessly to a policeman asking road instructions. "From me you want to learn the way?...Give it up, give it up", responds the agent and turns away in a sweep of great laughter.(Made in 1972 towards MFA in Film at Columbia University, New York City)

Director: Haim Calev

Script Writer: Haim Calev, based on a diary of Franz Kafka

Cast: Jamil Delhavi -- Man.

John Mott -- Policeman.

Crew: Cameraman -- Haim Calev.

Production Manager -- Yaffa Calev


Missaviv (Hebrew title) [Original title in English]

Around (17 minutes) A young couple wins a lottery. Celebrating alone at home, they get drunk and have a vision in which they see themselves already old and still drinking champagne, after a life-time of material affluence and spiritual deprivation. The unearned affluence made them passive, spoiled, disinterested and bored. They challenge the young couple to face the the emptiness of free time awaiting them and find a purpose to validate their lives. (Made in 1973 towards the MFA in Film at Columbia University, New York City)

Director, Writer: Haim Calev.

Cast: Elizabeth Powers -- Young Wife.

Leroy Cox -- Young Husband.

Betsy Hulick -- Elderly Wife.

Aaron Schwatz -- Elderly Husband.

Crew: Cameraman -- Jamil Delhavi.

Soundman -- Toni Zaza.

Lighting -- Al Larson.

Art Director -- Anne Murton.

Production Manager -- Yaffa Calev.

Producer -- Haim Calev.


FILMS: Animation (based on specially designed paintings)


Sipur Ahava (Hebrew title)

A Love Story. Based on a Talmudic legend (30 minutes) A relationship between a rich and spoiled young woman and an illiterate shepherd, Akiva. Excited by his potential mental powers, she marries him despite her father's anger. He disinherits her and she devotes her life to the shepherd, who becomes the greatest scholar and leader of his time. Filmed through a special animation technique. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, May 1990)

Director: Haim Calev.

Painter: Christana Kadmon.

Story Board Drawing: Ori Inbar.

Cameraman: Cobi Yoel.

Animation Adviser: Zak Schwatz.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Narrator: Itzhak Noy.

Archeology Adviser: Sariel Shalev.

Assistant Director: Boaz Rosenfeld.

Titles: Aviran Aldema.

Original Score: Yaron Kafkafi.


Tzav Kriya (Hebrew title)

A Call. Based on the biblical story of Jonah (30 minutes) Too involved in his individualistic pursuits, Jonah refuses to accept God's mission to warn Ninveh's population of God wrath against their sins. Violently forced to accept his mission, he eventually reaches Ninveh and witnesses great social injustice. Deeply moved by the evils he sees around him, a prophecy of destruction arises out of his own emotions. Filmed through a special animation technique. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, September 1989)

Director: Haim Calev.

Painter: Christana Kadmon.

Cameraman: Cobi Yoel.

Animation Adviser: Zak Schwatz.

Script Writer and Editor: Yaffa Calev.

Narrator: Beni Hendel.

Archeology Adviser: Sariel Shalev.

Titles: Rafi Morfrugo.


FILMS: Documentaries


Nekudat Mifne (Hebrew title)

Turning Point (30 minutes) Stories of three immigrants from Yemen, who struggled for years to sink their cultural identity and become similar to European immigrants. Finally they realize that the only way to regain their lost pride is to return to their original tradition and to stick to it firmly. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, November 1983)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cameraman: Asher Cohen.

Assistant Cameraman: Avi Koren.

Lighting: Boris Blenkin.

Soundman: Dani Natovich.

Script and Editing: Yaffa Calev.

Production Manager: Cobi Nissim.

Producer: Haim Calev.


Pthahim (Hebrew title)

State of Siege (30 minutes) The mental state of religious students, who feel threatened by a permissive and libertine world. They believe that their devotion to intensive studying will save humanity from decadence. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, May 1983)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cameraman: Asher Cohen..

Assistant Cameraman: Avi Koren.

Lighting: Yoav Kush.

Soundman: Dani Nathovich.

Script and Editing: Yaffa Calev.

Production Manager: Cobi Nissim.

Producer: Haim Calev.


Laaloth Ba-Homa (Hebrew title)

Climbing a Wall (30 minutes) Life style of a fanatic Jewish sect, believing that the establishment of the State of Israel is a revolt against God. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, April 1983)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cameraman: Shuki Atar.

Assistant Cameraman: Boris Blenkin.

Soundman: Dani Nathovich.

Lighting: Avraham Liebman.

Script and Editing: Yaffa Calev.

Production Assistant: Yehuda Meshi Zahav.

Researchers: Yaakov Rosenberg, Ilan Cohen.

Production Manager: Cobi Nissim, Yehuda Meshi Zahav.

Producer: Haim Calev.


Hithmodeduth (Hebrew title)

A Struggle (50 minutes) Four blind people tell of their struggle against stereotyped people around them, who treat them as second rate human beings, rather than as normal people who just cannot see. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, December 1981)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cameraman: Asher Cohen.

Assistant Cameraman: Avi Koren.

Lighting: Avraham Liebman.

Soundman: Haim Gilad, Moshe Gross.

Script and Editing: Yaffa Calev

Production Manager: Cobi Nissim.

Producer: Haim Calev.


Shesh-Esre Be-Rishon (Hebrew title)

Sixteen in Rishon (50 minutes) Attitudes and values of sixteen year-olds in a town of symbolic significance, one of the first settlement of Israeli pioneers. The youngsters' philistine values are diametrically opposed to the ideology of the original settlers of the site. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, November 1980)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cameraman: Gadi Danzig.

Assistant Cameraman: Avi Koren.

Lighting: Yoav Kush.

Soundman: Eli Yarkoni.

Lighting: Avraham Liebman.

Script and Editing: Yaffa Calev.

Production Manager: Cobi Nissim.

Producer: Haim Calev.


Bi-Zehutham (Hebrew title)

The Living and the Dead (50 minutes) Stories of people who owe their lives to friends, who have been killed while saving them in battle. (Originally broadcast on Israeli television, May 1979)

Director: Haim Calev.

Cameraman: Gadi Danzig.

Assistant Cameraman: Avi Koren.

Soundman: Dani Nathovich.

Script: Yaffa Calev.

Editor: Bracha Kachalski.

Producer: Avraham Shalev.


 

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