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Heymann Brothers Films
2 Barzilay street
Tel-Aviv 65113
Israel

Office: 972-3-5602701
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Barak: 972-52-2742445
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Heymann Brothers Films has been operating for over a decade and specializes in long term documentary projects with a social and political orientation, as well as very personal ones. The company was founded by Tomer Heymann, one of the leading documentary directors in Israel.Tomer & Barak In
2001 he created “It Kinda Scares Me” which won the Academy Award in Israel, and other awards in Torino, Milan, New York, Taipei and Melbourne.

In 2003 his film "Aviv - Fucked Up Generation" came out commercially and brought a vast amount of viewers to the cinemas, as it correspondingly participated in many festivals worldwide.


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BARAK HEYMANN

Barak Heymann joined the "Heymann Brothers Films" company in 2003 and has since directed and produced several documentary films and series. “Heymann Brothers Films” is an independent Israeli company dedicated to the release of documentaries on the social aspect of the Israeli/Jewish culture.


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TOMER HEYMANN

Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film “It Kinda Scares Me”. “Paper Dolls” won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and the audience’s award at the Los Angeles Festival. The film and TV series "Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival's prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer's new 8-part series "The Way Home" was recently broadcasted by the Yes Doco Channel in Israel and won the best documentary series award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival. 

 


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Best Asian Documentary Golden Magnolia Award

17th Shanghai TV Festival, China 2011

"The documentary reflects the difficult choices of individual thought in collective beliefs." (-) jury member Shen Koshang

See also:

http://www.isconshanghai.org/web/article.php?id=141

and

http://www.israelfilmcenter.org/connect-now/news/barak-heymann-wins-award-for-lone-samaritan-at-shanghai-tv-festival



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Creative Documentary award

Paris Human Rights Film Festival, France 2011

" This is an award for a special film, a special way of dealing with the " Israel" subject through an ancient cult. The strong story of belonging to a community. This film is well done and beautiful. We liked the obvious human connection that emerges between the director and the protagonists he is filming. "

Jury statement.



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The Samaritans, a tiny religious sect, are dying out. But they still maintain extremely harsh rules against assimilation: if you leave the fold, you and your family are as good as dead. Israeli actress Sophie Tzedaka is one such woman. One by one, she and her three sisters became "Jews" and were excommunicated by their 700-person community. So was their father. “Lone Samaritan” is a touching father-daughter journey that transcends all beliefs. It explores universal issues of faith and modernity, the role of women in religion, and the individual’s right to forge an independent identity—especially when that means violating a tradition you still hold dear.

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Global Peace Film Festival, Winter Park, Florida, USA 2013 PriMed - International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary,Marseille, France 2013

Barak Heymann, the film's director, will attend the screening and be available for an audience Q&A afterwards.


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EtnoFilm - International Ethnographic Film Festival,Croatia 2013
- With the films:     I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -  
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Take Two Film Festival,New York City,USA 2013 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival,Sebastopol,USA 2013 Manya Human Rights Film Festival, Kampala, Uganda 2012 St. Louis International Film Festival , St. Louis, USA 2012 International Festival of Ethnological Film 2012 All Roads Film Festival, Washington D.C, USA 2012

Barak Heymann, the director, is a guest of the festival, and will attend the screenings and be available for Q&A thereafter.


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16th Festival de Cinema Judaico de São Paulo 2012
- With the films:     The Queen Has No Crown  -   End of The Story  -   I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -   Bridge Over the Wadi  -   Paper Dolls  -   It Kinda Scares Me  -   Dancing Alfonso  -   Aviv (Fucked Up Generation)  -   My Village  -  

Films by Tomer Heyman & Barak Heymann, both guests of honor of the Festival. They will attend all screenings, and be available for Q&A thereafter.



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PUFF - Portugal Underground Film Festival 2012 DOCUMENTARIST–5th Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey 2012 11th Göttingen Int'l Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany 2012 8th Jewish Motifs Int'l Film Festival, Poland 2012 Visages Film Festival, Martigny,Switzerland 2013
- With the films:     Life In Stills  -   Lone Samaritan  -   Bridge Over the Wadi  -  
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Official Best Of Fest, USA 2012 Spirit Enlightened: Online Documentary Film Festival 2011 One World International Festival of Documentary Films on Human Rights, Kosovovo 2011 Middle East: What Cinema Can Do, Paris, France 2011 Strasbourg Human Rights Film Festival, France 2011 Metz Human Rights Film Festival, France 2011 15th International Festival Off Cinema, Poland 2011 8th Annual Montana CINE International Film Festival 2011

Lone Samaritan won Best of Category, Human Rights Issues in this Festival.



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Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio, USA 2011 6th "Film for Peace" International Festival 2011
- With the films:     I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -  
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17th Shanghai TV Festival, China 2011 MEDIAWAVE International Film and Music Festival, Hungary 2011 Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia 2011 Israeli Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary 2011 Paris Human Rights Film Festival, France 2011

Lone Samaritan will be screened on Thursday March 10 at 20:00

and Friday March 11 at 12:00



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Films For Africa Festival,Cape Winelands 2011
- With the films:     I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -  

I SHOT MY LOVE  

19/3  12:30 5 Ryneveld

24/3  15:00 5 Ryneveld

LONE SAMARITAN

23/3 12:30 5 Ryneveldt

25/3  15:00 5 Ryneveldt


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One World Romania Documentary Film Festival, Romania 2011 (external link)
FIPA International Film Festival, France 2010
Krakow International Film Festival, Poland 2010
Cork International Film Festival, Ireland 2010
- With the films:     I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -  
Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada 2010 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, USA 2010
Cinemed Mediterranian Film Festival, Belgium 2010
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA 2010
- With the films:     Lone Samaritan  -   Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared  -  
Other Israel Film Festival, USA 2010
FilmIsrael, The Netherlands 2010
- With the films:     Lone Samaritan  -   Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared  -  
Israfest LA Film Festival, USA 2010
- With the films:     Lone Samaritan  -   Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared  -  
Great Lakes International Film Festival 2013 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2013 Document 10 International Human Rights Film Festival 2012
- With the films:     I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -  
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Filmmakers Forum Competition, Israel 2010
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Issues of Identity, Family and Tradition

By AMY KRONISH

 

I just viewed this unique and compelling film which premiered at the Haifa Film Festival during Succot. The film is about Sophie Tzedakah, an actress and TV personality, whose life is filled with contradictions. Sophie, born in 1975 to a Samaritan family living in Holon, has cut off her ties with the Samaritan community and become a Jewish Israeli.


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The Lone Samaritan

 by Tim Pylypiuk

"A solitary man crosses the body of earth in a delicate swagger, privy to how it's interconnected structures work. Senses highly attuned and attracted to strife that threatens the well being of average citizens. Wandering into the fire, the outsider is stoic and unassuming until his weapon is unsheathed. With swift timing, he strikes down the antagonists fanning the flames with their incendiary nature. When chaos settles, the citizens thank him, revere him. But he walks on, uniting his 'self with the landscape until the next strife calls. No name, no consensus on his past, no clear cut origin, only a man and the continuing saga of his good deeds."


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הבמה
בחירתה של סופי

מאת : נחום מוכיח

"שומרוני בודד", סרטו הדוקומנטרי של ברק הימן על ברוך צדקה ומשפחתו השומרונית שהוחרמה לאחר שבנותיה עזבו את העדה, יוקרן ב"דוקאביב גליל". סופי צדקה, גיבורת הסרט, עדיין מדברת בלהט על העוול שנעשה לאביה ומספרת בהרחבה על חייה אז והיום.

צוהר לעולמה של העדה השומרונית

למרות שחלפו יותר משנתיים מאז הפיצה לעולם את מה שאפשר לכנות פרויקט חייה - הסרט "שומרוני בודד" שביים ברק הימן - סופי צדקה, 35, עדיין מלאת להט ואמוציות טעונות כלפי חבריה לשעבר לעדה הקטנה והמסוגרת ממנה החליטה לפרוש - השומרונים. היא מסתובבת עם הסרט ברחבי הארץ, מדברת עליו עם הצופים, עונה לשאלותיהם ובכל פעם האנטגוניזם צף מחדש. "הם האשימו את אבא שלי שהוא גנב ספרי תורה וקיבלנו מהם מכתבי נאצה, אבל זה עוד כלום", היא מספרת. "כשהוא היה רוצה לעלות לאוטובוס הממוגן כדי להגיע להר גריזים, לא היו נותנים לו. דברים קשים מאוד. הטענה הייתה שהוא מסוכן לציבור, בגלל שהבנות שלו הן כך וכך".


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תרבות מעריב
תמונות חיפאיות: שני סרטים מפסטיבל חיפה

"שומרוני בודד" הוא יצירה מרגשת של ברק הימן

מאת: מאיר שניצר

 


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עכבר העיר- תרבות
גיבור טראגי לתפארת

מאת: מיה סלע

חשבתם שסופי צדקה היא סתם עוד כוכבת ילדים נוצצת? "השומרוני הבודד", העוקב אחר משפחתה השומרונית והקרע שנוצר בה, אמנם לא יענה את כל השאלות הקשורות לעדה המסקרנת, אבל בהחלט יחשוף טפח מרתק מהווייתה סופי צדקה ואחיותיה בנות העדה השומרונית, עזבו את העדה, מעשה שגרם לנידוי הוריהן. הסרט מציג את אביה של צדקה, הגיבור הטרגי הנהדר, שמתעקש להיאחז במי שבעט אותו החוצה ואת בתו כמי שמנסה לשכנע אותו להרפות ולכעוס.


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Written, Directed and Produced by:  Barak Heymann
Editor:  Neta Dvorkis
Cinematographer:  Uri Levi
Original Score:  Ehud Banai
Research:  Tali-Shamir Werzberger

The film was supported by Channel 8, Makor Foundation for Cinema & TV and Gesher Foundation for Multicultural Cinema.