"The film will be an intimate journey to the absolutely unknown border cities of Israel, far from the usual clichés. But it will also be a journey in time, to the time of the construction of Israel, when the geographical breakdown between "development cities" and the center contributed to the social discrepancy between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim. The film will also be marked by shifts between one setting and another. Since the family story is made up of trips between Israel and France, the narrative will unfold in the complexity of a gaze marked by exile. This road movie is a journey of exploration into the dusty periphery of a nation. It is a return to the land of an exiled film director who has continually magnified the lost lands of childhood and who returns to confront a reality that she has never wanted to see." [Michale Boganim]
Michale Boganim (Haifa) grew up in Israel, in a Moroccan family. Her father was in the Israeli Black Panther movement. She studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later political science and anthropology at the Sorbonne, where Jean Rouch supervised her Master's degree. She is a graduate of the National Film School in London. Her student film Dim Memories was selected for Directors' Fortnight, Cannes 2002, and won the Gras Savoye Award. In 2005, Boganim's Odessa... Odessa!, a documentary feature, screened at Sundance and won the CICAE Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Her first fiction feature, Land of Oblivion starring Olga Kurylenko, premiered at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals in 2011.