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Oy Mama

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Oy Mama

(Doc., 50 min. DVCAM/DVD, 2010)
  • Directed by: Orna Ben Dor & Noa Maiman
  • Produced by: Noa Maiman & Tzvia Oron – Added Value Creation House
  • Language: Hebrew, Spanish, Polish, English with English subtitles


95 year old Fira is not only a Holocaust survivor; she is also filmmaker Noa Maiman’s grandmother and the adopted grandmother of 4 year old Firita. Through Fira’s incredible story we get to know her complicated and touching past – and her intricate and poignant present. She and her family were able to escape a blazing Europe with the help of a kind Polish woman. And for the past 12 years Fira has been dependent on the kindness of Firita’s mother, Magna, who is her caretaker. Two entwined story lines meet in this moving film as Fira’s Holocaust past and Firita, who embodies the future, converge in modern day Israel.



  • A nominee at the Israeli Documentary Film competition of the documentary filmmakers forum, Israel, 2010
  • Winner of the "Remembrance & Future" Award at the goEast Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany - April, 2010.
  • A Nominee for the "History & Biography" Documentary Award at the 16th Shanghai TV Festival, China – June 2010
  • A Nominee at 7th Annual Bend Film Festival, OR, USA - October, 2010


  • Religon Today International Film Festival, Italy, 2011
  • GoEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2010
  • Shanghai TV Festival, China, 2010
  • Bend Int'l Film Festival, USA, 2010


  • Yad VaShem Visual Center
  • Yale University
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Library of Congress
  • Harvard University
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