Summer of ’89

a film by Esti Almo Wexler
an Amit Goren Production

Betty, a 10 years old girl whose immigrant family came to Israel from Ethiopia, lives with her grandparents and father in a poor neighborhood of Lod, a mixed Jewish-Arab town. Getahon, her father, works long hours in a local factory, in an effort to provide for his elderly parents and family. Unguday, Betty's mother, lives apart in Jerusalem where she studies to become a nurse while going through the process of conversion to Judaism. Assimilation at school is difficult for Betty who often gets into fights because of racist remarks. Usually she just prefers to roam the streets with her best friend Tigist. One day she witnesses a brutally violent attack. Her efforts to understand how she should react - to keep a secret or notify the police, intensify her anxieties and feelings of alienation.

2013 / Length: 30 minutes /Hebrew and Amharic with English subtitles

Cast: Meron Negussie, Yossi Vassa, Netsanet Makonnen, Tetena Kabeda,
Eyal Rozales, Nuli Omer, Lihi Abramzon, Yael Yaacov, Shiraz Taspay

Writer-Director: Esti Almo Wexler / Producer: Amit Goren / Line Producer:
Elad Wexler / Cinematographer: Asaf Sudry / Editor: Yael Perlov /
Music: Shay Alon / Sound Design & Mix: Tomer Eliav / Art Director:
Ofer Biton Ligad / Sound: Oni Alber

Produced by Amit Goren Productions for "The Backyard" initiative funded by
The Second Authority for Television & Radio, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts – Cinema Project, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, The Israel Film Council

Supported by Tel Aviv University – The Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts – Film & Television Department and The Anna Havas Scholarship Fund for students in the Film & Televison Department
Summer of ’89 a film by Esti Almo

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