Under the Rug

48 Minutes and 44 seconds , 2011
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Directed by: Aya Somech

“A mensch denkt und gott lenkt” – ‘man plans and God laughs,’ says Maya Linnik, a German immigrant who had moved to Israel, in one of the scenes in the film. Linnik lost her son during his military service, four decades prior to the film being made. Now, in her eighties, the bereaved mother shines a light on herself through a series of interviews, conversations, and scenes which chronicle her daily routine and life in the shadow of devastating grief and loss. In the process, the film also delves into her relationship with her five surviving children, whilst also bringing to the surface many unresolved emotions that had been swept under the rug. The film won the Best Cinematography award at the Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival for cinematographer Daniel Kedem’s camerawork.

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