For My Children
Israel | 2002 | 65 minutes | Color | DVD | Hebrew/English | Subtitled | Order No. 03791
"...[a] beautifully crafted documentary that weaves together personal, historical, and political strands to create a moving picture of one Israeli family's life before and since the onset of the second Intifadah. Their struggle and family history quietly but powerfully illuminate broader issues of identity, values, and the Jewish immigrant experience."
“… her most nuanced and complex film to date. By turning the camera on her own family…Aviad produces a sensitive and introspective film that sheds light onto life for leftist Israelis.”
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Boston Jewish Film Festival
- Buenos Aires Human Rights Film Festival
- Cleveland International Film Festival
- Haifa International Film Festival
- INPUT 2003
- Istanbul International Documentary Film Festival
- Leipzig Documentary Film Festival
- Munich International Documentary Film Festival
- Museum of Modern Art, NY
- Palestinian-Israeli Film Festival
- San Francisco International Film Festival
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- Visions du Reel Nyon International Film Festival
- Washington Jewish Film Festival
Michal Aviad was born in Jerusalem to an Italian-born mother and a Hungarian-born father. After finishing high school, she studied literature philosophy and cinema. During the 1980s she lived in San Francisco where she started making films and became a mother. Since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce award-winning documentary films.
Her films include: ACTING OUR AGE (1987, USA), THE WOMEN NEXT DOOR (1992, Israel), EVER SHOT ANYONE? (1995, Israel), JENNY & JENNY (1997, Israel), RAMLEH (2001, Israel), FOR MY CHILDREN (2002, Israel) Aviad’s films examine the complex relationships between women’s issues and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, militarism, and ethnicity. Aviad has been working on co-writing and directing INVISIBLE since 2006. It is her first feature length fiction film.
She is a faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television. Aviad shares her life with her two children and her boyfriend, in unbearably sunny Tel Aviv. (8/14)