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How to Say Silence (0+)

Israel, 2021, colour, 58 min.
Director: Shir Newman
After her grandmother dies, the director finds an old photo with a writing on the back: «A week after abortion». But she knew her grandmother could not conceive, and that was why she adopted a son, the director’s father. She then sets on a journey, knowing very little about where it would lead. At a crucial moment, she learns of her biological grandmother, an Iraqi immigrant who conceived out of wedlock. Her journey exposes a system of patriarchal oppression, leading the director to break the bond of silence that connects her grandmothers and herself.

Shir Newman

Shir Newman

director and photographer, graduated from Kibbutzim College in cinema. She is a founding member of «Bush» collective for queer-feminist art and works as a coordinator for community arts programs and gallery director.

FILMOGRAPHY

Madre Tierra, 2016; How to Say Silence, 2021.
Israel, 2021, colour, 58 min.
Director: Shir Newman
After her grandmother dies, the director finds an old photo with a writing on the back: «A week after abortion». But she knew her grandmother could not conceive, and that was why she adopted a son, the director’s father. She then sets on a journey, knowing very little about where it would lead. At a crucial moment, she learns of her biological grandmother, an Iraqi immigrant who conceived out of wedlock. Her journey exposes a system of patriarchal oppression, leading the director to break the bond of silence that connects her grandmothers and herself.