40 Steps

Gad Aisen, Manor Birman

The Tel Aviv municipality has founded “My Neighborhood” elementary school in its southern region. It will have pupils from all walks of life – including refugee’s children. In an outrageous move, they have cleared half of the buildings associated with the longstanding religious school “Roots”. This partnership was forced upon two principles, Shachar Feinshtein and Elior Tourgeman. They must arrange for living in the same compound where non-Jewish refugee children learn just 40 steps away from orthodox children, while working in an extremely challenging neighborhood where gentrification, secularization, and the demand to expel refugees tear its community apart.

Supported by Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, KAN – Israeli Public Broadcast Corp & Mifal HaPayis

Directors: Gad Aisen, Manor Birman

Script: Gad Aisen, Manor Birman

Research: Gad Aisen & manor Birman, Rachel Nechushtai

Producers: Gad Aisen, Manor Birman

Production company: Gad's Films

Editing: Noga Weizman

Filming: Gad Aisen

Soundtrack: Ronen Nagel

Music : Haim Frank Ilfman

78 minutes | Israel | Hebrew