Tova Ascher
A.K.A. Nadia
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Feature film

Drama

117 minutes

Hebrew, Arabic, English

Israel and UK

An Israeli-UK co-production with ONE EYED DOG FILMS, LTD.

Nadia is a 20 year old Arab woman conducting a secret love affair with Nimer, a PLO activist. They move to England where Nimer is caught by the authorities and Nadia is left alone. A shady character provides her with the Israeli passport of a young Jewish woman that enables her to return to Israel. 

Twenty years later Nadia is now Maya, a successful choreographer married to Yoav, a Jewish official at the Ministry of Justice. They have two children. When Nimer reappears in Jerusalem, her past catches her up. Yoav, notices his wife's distress, and realizes she is hiding something. Nadia is forced to deal with her identity conflict against the backdrop of the region's political conflict.

Crew

Directed by: Tova Ascher

Screenplay: Tova Ascher, Anat ascher

Producers: Haim Mecklberg  Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, Ruth Cats, Svetlana Baar

Executive Producers: Olga Baar, Yigal Mograbi, Zvika Natan

DOP: Talia Galon

Production Designer: Shunit Aharoni

Sound Engineer: David Liss

Editors: Yair Ascher, Tova Ascher

With the support of

The Jerusalem film fund

The Israeli fim fund

Cast

Maya / Nadia: NETA SPIEGELMAN

Yoav: ODED LEOPOLD

Nimer: ALI SULIMAN

Yaeli: ELI KEREN-ASAF

Asafi: AGAM OZALVO

Amal: RUBA BLAL

Raffie: DANNY GEVA

and

JOHN HURT

Awards

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Jerusalem Film Festival

The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film:  "...for a profound and articulate discussion of issues of identity and belonging to a place and a family. The director offers an intricate portrait of a reality that is grounded in separation walls, checkpoints and segregation. The film examines whether one can create oneself anew within a tragic political context, by presenting a fascinating, complex and touching human story."

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