At the age of 15, Meilech wrote a diary describing the abuse he suffered at the hands of a group of ultraorthodox pedophiles.
Years later, after abandoning his community, he opens his old diary in order to reconstruct his story.He meets with a group of non-actors, who themselves suffered abuse in ultraorthodox society, and together they go back to the scenes of his former life in order to restage the roles of both abuser and victim. Through an original narrative strategy, Conventional Sins touches on issues of pedophilia, victimhood and the redemptive potential of cinema.
Written & Directed by: Anat Yuta Zuria & Shira Clara WintherProduced by: David Mandil - MoviePlus ProductionsPhotography: Dror LebendigerSupported by: Yes Docu, Rabinovich Film Fund Cinema Project, Israel Lottery Council for Culture & ArtsLanguage: Hebrew with English subtitles
Review - Danish national daily
Berlingske tidende Bent Bludnikow,
Interview with Anat Yuta Zuria & Shira Clara Winther
, Kristeligt Dagblad Daniel Øhrstrøm
Interview with Shira Clara Winther for the Danish Public Broadcasting Channel
Jerusalem Film Festival 2017 Jury Statement :
“For its courage to stray from the norms of documentary filmmaking, while presenting the wrongs of a society. A film that is born of the energy and bravery of its protagonist”