Do They Catch Children Too?


‘I was born here, so if they catch me, will I be forced to return?’ This is the question asked by Ryan, a 10-year-old Filipino boy whose father is arrested for being an illegal alien in Israel. Nato is Ryan's cousin and best friend, and his father has a legal work permit. Together, the children live their seemingly normal everyday lives in the shadow of the constant fear of deportation.


The film focuses on the children of foreign workers. In addition to a typical childhood existence, these children are forced to deal with a complex reality that includes tough questions as to their identity. The film follows the children's dreams, their games and their yearnings in a reality where the future is forever frightening and unknown.


Written and Directed by: Hedva Galili-Smolinsky

Producers: Zafrir Kochanovsky, Miri Ezra

Cinematography by: Yoav Kush

Edited by: Haim Yafim Kuchok


Production company: TTV Productions Ltd


Reshet, Channel 2, Israel
The New Israeli Foundation for Cinema & TV, Israel


Ruth Films

Technical info:

49' | Beta
Language - Hebrew, Filipino, English | Country -Israel | 2003


  • Hamilton Jewish Film Festival - Canada, 2004

  • Israfest film festival - USA, 2004

  • The Schmooze Dance International Film Festival - USA, 2004

  • Cinemagic World Screen Festival for Young People - Northern Ireland, 2003

  • The 17th International Television Festival of Programmes For Children and Youth PRIX DANUBE -Slovak Republic, 2003

  • Kalamata International Documentary Film Festival - Greece, 2003

  • Belfast documentary children film festival -Ireland, 2003

  • Israeli Festival - France, 2000

  • NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2003

  • DocAviv International Film Festival - Israel, 2003




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