The Dreamer

A journey between different dreams of various children who represent the gentle human mosaic of this region and which reveal truths about issues of identity & belonging.

Synopsis // Inspired by David Grossman’s book THE YELLOW WIND, we seek to create a cinematic “follow up” to one of the themes of the book. The film will be built around the voices of various children between the ages of 9 and 13 who share with us different dreams they have dreamt. The dreams will flow naturally from one to another; some will be in Arabic and others in Hebrew. Through the use of elements of sound and images, we will create visual expressions of these dreams, without abandoning the documentary lens. Slowly, the dreams will shift to the concrete world in which we live, and to issues related to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Through the dreams, we will be afforded a glimpse into the subconscious of children who live in the reality of the threats and uncertainty arising from the on-going conflict. Music composer: Alon Peretz.

 

Filmmakers’ bios // Tamar Kay (director, editor) was born in Jerusalem in 1985. Tamar studied Psychology & Philosophy at the Hebrew University and graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in 2015. Tamar was assistant editor to American documentarist Susan Korda and has worked with the filmmakers Willy Lindwer and Anat Zuria. Her graduation film, THE MUTE’S HOUSE, which received the school’s most outstanding film award of the year, won the Special Jury Award for Student Documentary at IDFA festival, where it had its world premiere. The film was screened at various top film festivals around the world.
Awards: Best Student Film: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina, USA, 2016 .Best Student Film: Docaviv- the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016. The Golden Dragon for Best Short Film: Krakow Film Festival, Krakow, Poland, 2016. Special Mention from the International Federation of Film Societies: Krakow Film Festival, Krakow, Poland, 2016. Best student short Documentary: Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel 2016. Best Innovative Film: Montefeltro Film School Festival Romagna, Italy, 2016. Best Student Film: The Israeli Documentary Forum Awards. Best Documentary Award: Early Bird International Student Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2016.

Orit Fouks (director) was born in Israel in 1983. She graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School with honors in 2012, winning her year’s ‘Promising Director’ award. Her thesis film STARING MATCH (20 min., Fiction), was screened at festivals all over the world, including: San Sebastian, Montreal, Munich. Orit co-directed a documentary series for the Israeli Channel YES Doco, worked as a film facilitator and director for the Israeli nonprofit LAHAV and conducted research for a documentary by the Oscar-award-winning American director Alex Gibney.

 

OOP vision // “Our starting point are the dreams of children, as we believe this realm, this place out of place, has the potential of revealing truths – which are beautiful and painful at once.”