Shapira’s Song

32 Minutes and 56 seconds , 1978
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Directed by: Michael (Mickey) Behagen
Production: Department of Film and Television, TAU
Cast: Yisrael Borochov, Ilana Gertz, Renen Schorr

Director, Michael (aka Mickey) Behagen’s graduation project, shot at the end of his degree course at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television Studies, and which earned him a win for Best Short at Israel’s Short Film Awards. Through expressive black & white footage and a rich, multilayered soundtrack, Shapira’s story plays out. Shapira is a quiet, introverted musician and kibbutz member at the Golan Heights. Against the backdrop of daily, nonstop air raid sirens and mad dashes to shelters whilst all the while, the kibbutz is still bringing in new volunteers – including one fetching female volunteer – Shapira has been working on a new song to be debuted at the kibbutz’s Hannukah party. However, come showtime, on the day he is meant to go on stage, he decides not to play the song and instead, plays everyone an air raid siren.

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