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Rokaya Marzouk, Born Early 60's,
Was raised in an Arab village of Israel.
Knew from early childhood that she would not follow the traditional path of an Arab woman. She went to study in a university and became the first school counsellor to work with the Bedouin tribes of south Israel.
Later, as a psychotherapist, she will practice in a centre for sexually abused girls/children of the Bedouin community,
This movie is her introspection, weaving aspects of her biography, her memories, roots and influences that led her to where she stands today,
Respected, innovative, brave, and compassionate.

  • ELLA BENAMI
    Director
  • ELLA BENAMI
    Writer
  • ELLA BENAMI
    Producer
  • ROKAYA MARZOUK
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Israel
  • Country of Filming:
    Israel
  • Language:
    Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    NYC
    United States
    August 8, 2019
    North America Premier
  • Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
    Cannes
    France
    November 28, 2019
    France
  • Worldwide Women Film Festival
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    United States
    February 8, 2020
Distribution Information
  • Costanza Film Distribution
    Distributor
    Country: Israel
Director Biography - ELLA BENAMI

Ella BenAmi, an Israeli / American citizen,
moved to London in 2014 where she studied for an MA in Documentary Film Practice at Brunel University.
Ella is a Visual Artist/Painter/Filmmaker,
working from her studio in London.
Ella became increasingly interested in Doc. Film over the past 15 years, moving between locations and cultures often.
She has lived in the U.S, Israel, UK as well as India.

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Director Statement

I have been interviewing many people I met on my many journeys and different countries I lived in.
As an Israeli who left Israel in 2000, came back for a few years and left again, I have strong bonds to the many different communities living there. In recent years I formed stronger connections with the indigenous people of Israel (The Palestinian and Bedouin People) and wanted to dedicate some of my time to tell their stories.