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Sugar morning

9-year-old Eddie is in a Parentification relationship with his mother. This morning he has a secret to tell her. but his enemy- his father, stops him from getting to her with an excuse of her sleeping.

Dad improvises a quick breakfast and rushes Eddie and his little sister Maria to leave the house earlier than they do. All for a "big surprise" he is preparing for them.

Eddie comprehends that his father is "sugar-coating" a deep and dark secret. Something that accrued last night between his parents. Now Eddie has no doubt that his mother is locked up in her room and needs the secret he's been hiding for her in a box.
he tries to get to her without his father noticing.
but he also needs to collaborate with his father, hiding his father's secret from his sister.

The two enemies, each with his own secret, try to draw Maria to his side and yet join forces so she doesn’t get hurt.

And maybe Eddie afraid to open the bedroom door and find out the truth?

  • Zohar Oriyah
  • Zohar Oriyah
  • Zohar oriyah
    the Oryah sisters
  • paz oriyah
    the oryah sisters
  • Danny Geva
    the father
  • Roy Roth
  • Avi Bellely
  • daniel shemer
    Soundtrack design
  • Nir Alba & Michal Berkovich
    Art Designer
  • Liad Peer
  • Yuly Pershet
  • Zohar Oriyah
    video editor
  • Gil Elkarif
    video editor
  • Tomr Avni
    executive producer
  • Inbal Suki
    Costume designer
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    8 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    11,334 USD
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Director Biography - Zohar Oriyah

Zohar Oriyah started her independent filmmaker career as a teenager, while acting in various TV Drama series in Israel.

Zohar played a lead role (under her maiden name (Smadar) in the feature film "Close to Home" by Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hagar, which won the CICIA at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.

The same year she graduated from the film and TV division at "Sapir" Collage and started her career as a director, screenwriter, producer and video editor.
She also directed to children TV shows.

Among her work as a producer and script editor, is the short film "Broken Time", which received a BAFTA Award of Excellence.

Zohar received 1st and 2nd Prizes of Exceptional awards, for 2 consecutive years for two of her short film scripts, at The Mickey Albin Outstanding Screenplay Award. at the south film festival in Israel.

"Sugar morning" is Zohar's first entry of a short film to a festival as a writer-director.

These days she is working on turning it to a full length feature film.

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Director Statement

Parentification Is The Emotional Abuse We Don't Talk About.
so i did this movie in order to Arouse discussion and thoughts about the immediate consequences for a child in the family who is suffering from domestic violence