“Ma’abarot” is the first documentary project unfolding the story of the Israeli transit camps. The transit camps were a controversial enterprise, housing hundreds of thousands of new immigrants from different parts of the world, transitioning them into becoming part of the Israeli cultural tapestry. The film unravels the many stories of the camp residents, examining and discovering many surprising new details, shattering common stereotypes in the current Israeli discourse.

Director: Dina Zvi Riklis

Producer: Arik Bernstein


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Duration: 84 min.
Date of Release: 2019
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Israel Academy for Television Awards, Israel, 2020
    Winner, Best Documentary Series, Winner, Best Research for Documentary Series, Winner, Best Photo Editing for Documentary Series

  • Chicago Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • NY Sephardic Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, Denmark, 2020

  • New York Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2020

  • LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2019

  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2019

  • Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Montreal, 2020
    Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary

Involved Broadcasters

Kan - Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation

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