I Was Not Born A Mistake

Haifa Film Festival

Yaakov Smith was an ultra-orthodox married man with six children and a pillar of his community, when he left his family, his community, and Israel. It took him 20 years to return - only this time as an observant woman. The documentary by Rachel Rusinek and Eyal Ben Moshe touches honestly and openly on a subject that is both relevant and unspoken. It is also a film about self-acceptance, compassion, love, and family.


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Production Company: Rachel Rusinek & Eyal Ben -Moshe
Duration: 52 min.
Date of Release: October 2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: UHD
Language: Hebrew, English
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Festivals & Awards

  • Haifa film festival

  • Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival

  • New-York Jewish Film Festival

  • Boston Jewish Film Festival

  • Tampa- Bay Jewish Film Festival

  • Seattle Jewish Film Festival

  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival

  • Polish international film festival
    Best Documentary film

Involved Broadcasters

yes Docu – DBS Satellite Service, CBC Canada


LGBTQ+, Personal Stories, Portrait, Religion