Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Hotline inquires into the everyday work of an Israeli NGO that fights against two almost unbreakable forces: xenophobia and bureaucracy. Volunteers assist illegal African immigrants who arrive in Israel escaping repression and torture but end up trapped in an atrocious limbo, labeled as “infiltrators” and imprisoned in growing detention centers without any chance to claim a refugee status. Silvina Landsmann joins their struggle from a fair distance, without accusing or judging, carrying out a both microscopic and global work. “Thou shall not mistreat or oppress the foreigner, because you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt,” can be read on the t-shirt worn by one of the volunteers visiting the Saharonim detention center. And that quote from the Exodus, which in that context can seem a provocation, is also the condensation of a long history of conflicts that until today no one seems able to untangle. GS

Year: 2015
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Minutes: 99
Seconds: 0

D, G, F: Silvina Landsmann  

E: Silvina Landsmann, Gil Schnaiderovich

S: Yoss Apelbaum  

P: Silvina Landsmann, Pierre-Olivier Bardet

CP: Comino Films, Idéale Audience


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Silvina Landsmann Argentina

She was born in Argentina in 1965 and migrated to Israel at 11. She studied studied psychology in Paris and mathematics in Tel Aviv. She directed Collège (1998), Post Partum (2004), Unto Thy Land (2007) and Soldier/Citizen (2012). She founded the company Comino Films, with which she produces her own projects.

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