THE SOUTH - ALICE NEVER LIVED HERE

Sini Bar-David
Israel 1998 | 82 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Sini Bar-David

The film focus­es the prob­lems of sephardic Jews in Israel. Three women, three gen­er­a­tions who strug­gle to sur­vive, to have a mean­ing­ful life and to express their voice in the new Israeli soci­ety, which is under­go­ing a process of social crum­bling and frag­men­ta­tion while at the same time its loos­ing its social­ist beliefs. 

A soci­ety that mar­gin­al­izes cul­tur­al­ly, social­ly and eco­nom­i­cal­ly 50 per­cent of its pop­u­la­tion (the ori­en­tal Jews who are con­sid­ered as the »blacks«) just because of their origin, their skin colour and their cul­tur­al back­ground. The director’s mem­o­ries are shown in the char­ac­ter of Elinor, a 15-year old girl who lives in Jaffa but stud­ies in a middle-class Ashke­nazi school in the north of Tel Aviv. The sto­ries of the director’s 89-years old grand­moth­er Ida inspired her to travel to the Balka­ns to a Greek Vil­lage, where Ida was born and to Bul­gar­ia, where she sur­vived the Holocaust.