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>> Short Synopsis <<

An intimate glimpse into the rich human mosaic of the St. Louis French Hospital- a Hospice for terminally ill patients, situated on the tense border between East and West Jerusalem across from the walls of the Old City. For two years the Director accompanied patients and caregivers – each one and his own story. In the film moments of humor and sadness from life itself between the hospital walls.

>> Long Synopsis <<

'The Island' is an intimate glimpse into the rich human mosaic of terminally ill patients who end their lives inside the St. Louis French Hospital, run by nuns this historical building is situated on the tense border between East and West Jerusalem across from the walls of the Old City.

The delicate portraits of patients and staff are crafted to convey the LIFE that pulsates within the hospital walls. Simon, a Tunisian Jew, decides that in the weeks remaining to him he will learn how to paint for the first time. David, an Italian monk who is one of the most beloved caretakers, confronts his own mortality. Yigal, a lifelong Jerusalemite, is sustained by his son's promise to take him to hear his favorite piece of music – Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Jawaher, an East Jerusalem Muslim, spends her time painting the horrors of the outside world that she sees on TV. These are but a few of the captivating individuals portrayed through the camera's moving encounters.

The hospital windows look out on one of the most contentious areas in the world and there is strong dissonance between Jerusalem's streets, with their ever-present possibility of erupting into violence, and the grace and compassion that fill the hospital.

  • Adam Weingrod
  • Adam Weingrod
  • katia shepeliavaya
    1 Building and 40 People Dancing
  • Rotem Dror
    Sound Design
    Presenting Princess Shaw (2015)
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  • Runtime:
    60 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2017
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  • Language:
    Arabic, English, French, Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • DocAviv Film Festival
    Tel Aviv
    May 11, 2017
    World Premiere
  • The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers forum Awards
    Tel Aviv
    October 31, 2017
    Best Student Film
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 6, 2018
    North American
Director Biography - Adam Weingrod

Adam was born in the late 1980s to a family of artists in Jerusalem, Israel.
After completing his B.A. in music at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy where he majored in jazz and went on to perform all over the world, Adam returned to film, his original passion.
In 2016, Adam obtained his M.F.A. in film, graduating with Honors from Tel Aviv University. Adam directed and produced "Funjoya" (16 min.) which won the Audience Award at the Tel Aviv International Student Festival in 2016. Also in 2016, Adam received First Prize for Development from the CoPro Israeli Documentary Marketing Foundation for his film "The Island," which was produced by Israeli TV channel yes Docu, and premiered at the DocAviv Film Festival in 2017. “The Island” won Best Student Film at the 2017 Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum Awards.
Currently Adam is working on two new Documentary films.
“Song of the Sampaguita”- The story of a seven year old girl who fled Natzi Germany to the only place that took her in, the Philippine Islands.
Currently in development with the “New Foundation for Cinema and Television”
The film was chosen for the “Docu Start” lab 2017, funded by “The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum” and “Gesher multicultural film fund”.
“At the Foot of the Volcano”- Danny lives on a “Kibutz” beside the Lebanese border, growing up in Israel he fought in all of Israel wars. Now at the age of 67 he retires and goes around the world searching for one question: “Why do people keep living underneath active Volcanoes?”
The Film started its principal shooting in Feb’ 2017 in Nicaragua and will continue in Jan’ 2018 in Japan and the Philippines.

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Director Statement

Six years ago my mother decided to retrain as a "spiritual counselor" – a professional who often accompanies people facing imminent death. A spiritual counselor works with the elderly, with people of all ages who suffer from terminal illness, and often with children. I tried to comprehend why she chose this work. Over time, I began to deepen my understanding of what she does and why she does it, among the people who spend the end of their lives at the French Hospital. I discovered a hidden place, a kind of secret space that exists right in the middle of the world, and yet few of us dare to look into it.
After two weeks at the hospital my stomach felt like a wrung out rag, but as time passed, I began to relax. The longer I remained and allowed myself to ease into the reality at the hospital, the more the place infused my life with freedom and strength.
Following months of observing the LIFE in the hospital I understood that I had to make this film. I had to understand and capture this last part of life, which is equal to all the rest.
As a Jerusalemite born and raised, I suddenly saw the French Hospital as a metaphor for the city I wish Jerusalem could be. A place of peace and respect among human beings, granted as one human to another, regardless of the usual
labels of religion, nationality, or race.