Two films from the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts at the IDFA Festival

Further success for the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts, with two of its graduate films, “My Friend Yaniv” and “Turn over the Stones,” accepted to the student category of the IDFA Festival, the leading film festival for documentary films. The festival opens in Amsterdam on November 16.

“My Friend Yaniv,” by Maayan Schwartz, tells about its creator’s close friendship with Yaniv Aviran who is afflicted with MS. “Turn over the Stones,” by Nir Dvorchin, tells about Sami, who lives on his farm in the desert. Both films debuted at the Cinema South Film Festival last June. “My Friend Yaniv” won second place in the competition, and “Turn Over the Stones” won prize for best soundtrack.

The films will take part in the IDFA Festival – a week after they represent the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts in the documentary program of Festival Listapad, opening on November 4 in Belarus. They will be joined there by another film of the Sapir School of Audio and Visual Arts—the documentary animation project “Holot”—created by students of the animation track at the school, and documenting asylum seekers detained at the Holot installation. The film was screened in the Animation Festival at Stuttgart, Germany, and other festivals abroad. The delegation to Belarus will be headed by Lina Chaplin, lecturer at the college and one of Israel’s leading documentary directors.

The documentary approach of these films, as well as other films created at the school, is based on the worldview inherent in all of the Sapir creative endeavors, following the concept of “Cinema of Poetry,” expounded by poet and cinema creator Pierre Paolo Passolini. This concept connects between the absolute freedom of the personal creation and the deepest obligation of the creators to their created world and characters in the story they wish to tell. It is a totality of creation combining a personal and unique point of view with the various aspects of an elusive volatile reality, all the while attempting to shape a world and reveal the souls active within it. This approach is the basis for work at the school with well-known directors such as Doron Tsabari, Anat Zeltzer, Anat Even and Nazar Hassan.