"The Summer of Aviya"
Directed by Eli Cohen
Based on the life of
Gila Almagor, writer/producer and star of the film. Winner of the Silver Bear Award
from the Berlin International Film Festival for "a moving film with two amazing
performances by Kaipo Cohen and Gila Almagor." The story of one summer in the
life of a ten-year-old girl, Aviya, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, during the first
years of Israel's independence. Aviya's mother had been a partisan fighter during the war
and walked the thin line between sanity and madness; Aviya lived in
orphanages most of her life. This was the summer she would return home.
Also winner of three silver Menorah awards, Israel. "The emotionally
powerful story…reveals the scars, both mental and physical, that Holocaust
survivors brought with them to Israel" (American Historical Review). Hebrew
with English subtitles. 96 minutes.