Essence

Rachel and Leila are two jewish girls that live peacefully in Iraq and Iran. They run away due to different historical threats and immigrate to Israel. They both lose their homes and cultures but find comfort in Tea, and each other.

  • Ella Ben Yacov
    Director
  • Anita Hagadust
    Director
  • Ella Ben Yacov
    Writer
  • Anita Hagadust
    Writer
  • Shosh Rot
    Key Cast
    "Saida(Mother)"
  • Oded Amit
    Key Cast
    "Abu Mahmud"
  • Daniel Markovich
    Music
  • Daniel Shemer
    Sound Design
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Historical
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Israel
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Ella Ben Yacov, Anita Hagadust

Graduates of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem - 2018.

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Director Statement

"Essence", our graduation film, is a glimpse to the story of the jewish immigrants from Iraq and Iran. It represents our deepest love and honor to our families past and traditions. We hope it preserves a bit of their forgotten heritage for the next generations.