1. Written/Directed/Performed - David Komer
    Free Blessings Girl - Inessa Komer
    Sound Improvement - Yehuda Jordan Kaplan

    A poetic exploration of mystical Jewish concepts, especially the idea of Hashem creating a world through speech.

    The resulting paradox of "Ein Od Milvado" (there is nothing other than G-d) and "Bereishit Bara Elokim" (G-d created a world)- and our human struggle to live with both realities, are strong themes throughout.

    This is a piece geared towards conscious thought, drawing heavily on complex Kabbalah/Torah sources. The more you study it, the more you'll get out of it :)

    More explanation will be available soon at http://shivimpanim.org

    For the aliyat haneshama of my grandfather.

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  2. On the surface, this is a story about beings from another dimension who are sent on a mission to take control of a simple street performer's life- perhaps for his own benefit.

    Intentionally ambiguous, the goal is to toy with the ideas of free will and determinism- and there are multiple interpretations that are valid. This film is meant to inspire questions and discussion, not necessarily answers.

    Nevertheless, I've been asked by a few people to explain the story on a plot level, so here's one way of looking at it: there are angels who can appear in either human or puppet form, depending on their needs, who are given a mission to help the world. One angel gives a report of a street performer who is struggling and G-d then decides to send a whole team of angels to go help the performer out- against his will, to force him into the performance of a lifetime (supernatural even). Once the performer sees the benefits of this help, he willfully joins in and adds his own flair. Finally, when all is said and done, there's a question of whether it was his will or G-d's. The hand tap at the end leaves it open as a question- meant to spark discussion.

    However, that's just the story on the surface.

    It's best enjoyed by watching it first for some excitement and just to absorb it as a whole. Then go back to understand better what's going on and get at the bigger existential questions as they apply to our actual lives. How much of life is decided by individual choice, and how much if it is affected by external circumstances beyond our control? What if we could affect those circumstances albeit subtly, is it then still an expression of our will? Does belief in either an all-encompassing nature or an all-powerful God necessarily negate the possibility for free choice?

    Ultimately, I think the answers to these questions can only be explored by a poetic sort of logic. And that's what this video is truly- a poem, an allegory, a big thought bubble. It's my hope that the viewer walks away entertained, but also intrigued to mediate on paradoxes like this and come to their own answers, frame the question in their own language and dreams- and have fun doing it ;)

    Speaking of language... for non-Hebrew speakers, there are only two things you need to know:

    1) The lyrics are- "Everything is in the hands of Heaven, except for fear of Heaven." And then it switches to "Everything is in the hands of Heaven, including fear of Heaven". That's it. This comes from a Rabbi known as the Ishbitzer Rebbe who was famous for challenging the conventional notion of free will.

    2) The Hebrew sign you see throughout is a single word which means "Theater".

    The Hebrew writing you see on the hand is not easily decipherable even to a native Hebrew speaker, so I leave that as a mystery here too :)

    Enjoy!
    David Komer (Writer/Director)

    If you're interested in more content like this, please stay tuned to this channel and http://shivimpanim.org

    If you enjoyed the music, please find more of Yerachmiel's music and albums at http://www.yerachmiel.com/. This whole video began from listening to his song and getting inspired to create a cinematic companion to it. He's got great tunes in all sorts of genres and styles, I'm sure you'll find something that speaks to you too.

    For a highly trained pantomime and an incredible artist, please see more of Ofer's pantomiming and other acts at http://www.oferblum.com/. He's the real deal.

    If you're looking for deep paintings with the approach of a master, and you liked the backdrop on the caravan, check out more of Yitzhak Ben Yehuda's work at http://www.benyehudastudio.net/

    Tech Notes:

    Filmed on Black Magic Cinema Camera and Canon 7D (stills/stop motion) - all in RAW. Aside for CGI elements which were created with a variety of software. Please watch in HD.

    Behind the scenes photos: http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0097009/photos/99569971@N03/sets/72157634858362064/

    Blooper reel: vimeo.com/shivimpanim/blooper-in-the-hands-of-heaven

    Credits:

    WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
    DAVID KOMER

    MUSIC
    YERACHMIEL ZIEGLER

    STREET PERFORMER AND MIME
    OFER BLUM

    MYSTERY MAN
    YERACHMIEL ZIEGLER

    EDITING, POST & VISUAL FX
    DAVID KOMER

    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    AVIV VANA
    DAVID KOMER

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    JOSHUA GENUTH

    DOLL DESIGN
    LEAH SAND

    STORYBOARD ART
    RACHEL TRUGMAN

    NIGHT AUDIENCE
    PESACH FRUMIN
    JOSHUA GENUTH
    ELIORA RICHMAN
    EMUNAH ROSENBLUM

    DAY AUDIENCE
    DORON AVITAL
    GIL COHEN
    ARIEL FISHER
    DONNY JACOB
    EDEN MOULEM
    YONI LAPP
    ARIEL LAPP
    YAEL SHIMONI
    TZLIL YEHUDA
    ZOEY WULP

    THEATER SIGN
    RAN TIDHAR

    BACKDROP ART - “THE GREAT DAY”
    YITZHAK BEN YEHUDA

    WIRE REMOVAL
    MUNISH CHAUDHARY

    PROP CONSULTANTS
    OFER BLUM
    ARYEH & SARA NAFTALY

    GREENSCREEN CONSULTANT
    ELI VEFFER

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
    CHANA NESSYA KOMER

    SPECIAL THANKS TO
    THE MOSHAV
    AZRIELI GROUP
    HAKADOSH BORUCH HU

    PRODUCED BY SHIVIMPANIM

    © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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