Director Dana Goren will make a special appearance to introduce her film!
Screening followed by a Q&A Session with Dana Goren and Closing Night Reception.
Presented in conjunction with the Jewish and Israeli Film Festival.
"Diplomat is an emotional and breathtaking feature documentary that takes the viewer deep into the corridors and rooms that no one ever sees." --Variety
2010 50th Krakow Film Festival, Poland
2009 Best Documentary, Wolgin Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival
2009 Official Selection, CZDOC International Film Festival, China
2009 Special Mention, Rehovot International Women Film Festival, Israel 2009
The luxurious Hotel Diplomat in Jerusalem – once known for its green lawns, elaborate corridors and ‘see-and-be seen’ club – has become an absorption center, a place where time has come to a standstill. For nearly 20 years its 700 rooms have been home to 600 immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Never having integrated into Israeli society, its residents have created their own little island, secluded from the outside world. Many of them never leave the haven of its walls. After all, even their most basic needs like medical care and cultural activities can be provided for by their neighbors down the hall in their own language, Russian.
graduated as a director and screenwriter from the notorious Sam Spiegel Film and Television School –of Jerusalem with excellence, in 2002. Throughout her filmography, Goren explores the concept of Identity in a changing and immigrants societies. Also her interest lies upon subjects such as elderly; loneliness and a search for a common ground, and a key element in her work is music exploring. Her work, which is referred to as cinematic and groundbreaking includes Contrapunkt and Yukali.