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
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