< Back to main Festival page

Cinema Sabaya סינמה סבאיא

  Orit Fouks Rotem

  Israel, Belgium     92 minutes


In this heartfelt ode to the unifying power of art, nine women register for a video workshop hoping to learn basic filmmaking techniques from young director Rona. As the strangers, both Arab and Jewish, share the raw footage they shoot each week with their classmates, they are confronted not only by the vast differences in their circumstances but also by striking points of connection. Growing closer, the students develop a strong, supportive community, even as they begin to grow suspicious of Rona’s motives. Drawn from filmmaker Orit Fokus Rotem’s experiences leading similar workshops in the Israeli towns of Acre and Givat Haviva, Cinema Sabaya is an unvarnished and genuinely engaging exploration of the joy of learning to see and to truly being seen.

 Arabic, Hebrew 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Thu, Oct 21 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 9

This event has passed.

In-Theater Screening

Sun, Oct 24 @ 11:45am CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 9

This event has passed.

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

This event has passed.

Special Event

Sat, Oct 23 @ 12:00pm CDT

Livestream Q&A with directors Natalya Merkulova and Alexey Chupov.

Learn more…


Film Credits

  •   Maya Fischer, Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland
  •   Orit Fouks Rotem
  •   Neta Dvorkis
  •   Hefi Bohem
  •   Itay Marom
  •   Dana Ivgy, Joanna Said, Amal Murkus, Ruth Landau, Yulia Tagil, Marlene Bajali, Aseel Farhat, Orit Samuel, Liora Levi, Khawlah Hag Debsy
  •   Karni Postel
  •   Green Productions, Neon Rouge