A Lullaby for the Valley


Artist Eli Shamir paints the view from his studio balcony – fields stretching to the horizon, ancient oak trees, and a generation of farmers that is disappearing from the vistas of the Jezreel Valley. His large oils are treasured by collectors worldwide.
It was director Ben Shani’s encounter with one of Shamir’s works that spawned the idea of documenting the artist at work. Neither of them had any idea that everything would change as the filming progressed, as an unforeseen danger threatened to rob Shamir of his talent.
Filmed over the course of ten years, A lullaby for the Valley focuses on the fascinating figure of Eli Shamir and his paintings. As time passes, like the endless fields of the valley, they are transformed before our very eyes.

Director: Ben Shani

Producer: Shula Spiegel, Dana Eden


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Production Company: xx
Duration: 75 min.
Date of Release: 9,2020
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Docaviv, Israel, 2020
    Official Competition

  • Cinequest FF

  • Classrooms Without Borders

Involved Broadcasters

Channel 8, Israel

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

The New Fund for Cinema and TV, The Israeli Lottery Council for Culture and Arts

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