Set in the Israel’s dwindling Moroccan community, three generations of women grapple with issues of family, femininity, folklore, and food. Clairvoyant grandmother Zohara (Rita Shukrun) predicts the future by cradling her client’s possessions while she sleeps. She wants her similarly-gifted daughter, Simone (Esti Yerushalmi), to assume this role, but Simone has other ideas for her future. Meanwhile, her granddaughter, Zohar (Meytal Gal), wants to succeed her grandmother but lacks the gift. Orange People unfolds as a sensuous story that questions whether tradition is better preserved or abandoned, and at what cost? Hanna Azoulay Hasfari’s directorial debut explores her own struggle for an identity somewhere between Moroccan and Israeli, tradition and modernity, family and individuality.
||Hebrew, Moroccan with English Subtitles
||Hanna Azoulay Hasfari
||Family, Immigrants to Israel, Sephardi-Ashkenazi Relationship, Women in Israeli Society
Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari, Director
Hanna Azoulay-Hasfari is an Israeli actress, screenwriter, playwright, film director and a two-time winner of the Ophir Award. She is a women's rights activist, and has dedicated her career promoting awareness regarding social justice issues and cultural diversity. In 2015, she was invited to speak at the United Nations headquarters in New York, in honor of International Women's Day, where she presented a screening of her film Orange People, in condemnation of child marriage.
Winner of the 2013 International Women Film Festival’s Jury Award, Israel