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Aya and her mother

This is the story of two women, Neomi and Aya, a mother and a daughter, living together under one roof. When a man enters Aya's live, Neomi is ready to do anything to prevent Aya from leaving the house.

  • Lee Nechushtan
  • Lee Nechushtan
  • Maya Feldstein
  • Gita Monta
    Key Cast
  • Hila Feldman
    Key Cast
  • Daniel Shapiro
    Key Cast
  • Adi Mozes
  • Eitan Vardi
  • Maya Pery
    Art Director
    Art Director
  • Gal lev
    Musical Score
    Musical Score
  • Shahaf Wagshal
    Sound editing
    Sound editing
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    אימא של איה
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2016
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  • Jerusalem International Film Festival
    July 13, 2016
  • Montreal world film festival
    August 26, 2016
  • Mindfield Film Festival - Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Silver Award
  • Cyprus International Film Festival
    June 14, 2017
  • Film Festival NAOS
    February 5, 2018
Director Biography - Lee Nechushtan

Lee Nechushtan will complete her master's degree in film at
Tel- Aviv University's Department of Film and Television this year.

Lee wrote and directed four short films and one feature-length documentary which is currently in post-production. Her short films were screened in various festivals around the world including: Montreal World Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Beijing Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, The Israeli Film Festivals in Boston and New York.

Besides writing and directing, Lee has been the Content Manager of the film and TV production company, Topia Communications (2010-2016). She was also Post Production Producer on the following films: “Apples from the Desert”, “Sand Birds”, “Hill Start”, “Kidon”, “Rock the Casbah” and more.

Through her position at Topia Communications, Lee also provided consultation and guidance to screenwriters through their writing process and she is currently the script editor of a feature-length film.

"Aya and her mother” is her thesis film.

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Director Statement

The film tells a story of a mother and her grown daughter living under the same roof. Each of the women experience loneliness, understanding, love and friendship in her own way.

Over the years I became fascinated with engaging in the very basics of human relationships - the family. My vision for this film was to create a portrait of the most intimate moments in the lives of a mother and daughter, to expose the weaknesses and strengths in loving someone close to us, and to raise the question of whether our relatives have become transparent to us.

I am the firstborn child in my family. I was there when my siblings were born.
My family members are my first partners and my most significant relationships.
Sometimes an older sister is a mother, but a mother can sometimes be a little girl.

"Aya and Her Mother" joins a long list of films that deal with mother-daughter relationships, yet presents an independent point of view. Naomi, the mother, is the heroine of the story and the film is told from her perspective. The camera follows the heroine of the story and reveals through her eyes the world of her daughter, Aya.

The events that take place are revealed through Naomi's eyes only: the night Naomi discovers that Tomer stayed in their house, the meetings between Aya and Tomer (the man she is dating) that Naomi observes through the living room window and so on.
The film delicately explores the point in time in this intimate relationship when a third party enters the picture - a man.