On My Own

93 Minutes, 1987
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Directed by: Tamir Paul
Cast: Arik Ohana, Roy Bar-Natan, Tchia Danon, Roberto Pollak
Production:Ehud Ben Shach
Production Company:Aba Productions, Tel Aviv
Photographer: Ofer Inov
Language: Hebrew
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A film adaptation of Israeli author, Galila Ron-Feder Amit’s (who had also penned the screenplay) renowned novel of the same title which takes us into the 1970s and follows a young boy named Zion who was born and raised in a working class area of Beit Shean, in the north of Israel. When Zion turns eight, his grandmother, and a social worker decide to send him into foster care with a wealthy family in the centre of Israel. Members of his new foster family do whatever they can to support Zion through the transition, however both he and they have their share of challenges cut out for them. Even with all the distance he now has between himself and all the negative influences that surrounded him in his hometown, Zion must still face a range of prejudices that come with the territory of being a foster kid, not to mention a past that continues to haunt him.

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