Private Project


Two brothers rebel against their upbringing in an Israeli occupied West Bank Jewish settlement. Dan now lives with his male partner in Brussels as the speechwriter of the European Commission's Vice President and a co-founder of an organization which fights against nationalism. Noam works as a model and filmmaker in Tel Aviv. In this debut film, Noam attempts to understand his older brother's transition and what made run so far away.

  • Noam Sobovitz
    BAFTA Short list.
  • Noam Sobovitz
  • Hila Shitrit
  • Amir
  • Eddie Tapero
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ביקור מולדת
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Belgium, Israel
  • Language:
    French, Hebrew
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Astra Film Festival
    October 18, 2017
    Best Short Film
  • BAFTA Shor List
    Los Angeles
    United States
Director Biography - Noam Sobovitz

Noam Sobovitz grew up in an Israeli colony in the West Bank during the second Intifada. Throughout his adolescence, Noam found himself wandering across the country in his spiritual soul-searching journey. In 2008, Noam was drafted to the Israeli military and volunteered to serve in the elite 'Egoz' unite. During his three-year service, he was called to fight in both the Gaza Strip and in Lebanon. After his release from the army, Noam backpacked across South-East Asia and Latin America, as part of his continued spiritual journey, this time learning Buddhism and the Inca philosophy. In the past years, Noam lives in Tel Aviv where he recently finished his cinematography studies. In his films Noam addresses what he perceives as a conflict between religion and the modern world, seeking a secular meaning in a post-modern world.

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Director Statement

I took the challenge of creating an apolitical film about the most political subject. It is the personal story of someone who is looking for home – far away from his (highly-politicised) home. Having grown up in an Israeli-occupied West Bank settlement, I felt that the personal stories around me fade away within the broad political debate. I therefor sought telling the story of a person not of the ideologies around him. The film peeks into the world of my older brother, Dan. It is a story of pain in a world that doesn't want or isn't able to understand him. It is also a story of hope; of people's attempt to love each other despite their differences. I believe it is important to raise such questions even if they are often difficult to answer.