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Special Interview

(Doc, 55 min. HDCam/DVD, 2012)
  • Written and Directed by: Nitzan Rozenberg
  • Produced by: SHALVA – Asaf Finkelstein and in association with Ynet
  • Language: Hebrew and English with English subtitles

Synopsis

Two young people with disabilities become star reporters in this uplifting documentary. Efrat Dotan is 27 years old and has Down syndrome. 20 year old Matanel Bitton has developmental disabilities. Efrat and Matanel spend their days at SHALVA-The Association for Mentally & Physically Challenged Children in Israel where they are taught life skills that enable them to reach their maximum potential. They have interviewed many well-known personalities but their dream is to interview President Barak Obama. We follow them on a journey as they pursue their dream and allow us a peek into their unique world.


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Awards

  • Silver Remi Award – WorldFest Houston, USA, 2013

Festivals

  • Denver Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2013
  • Sole e Luna International Film Festival, Italy, 2013
  • Festival of Tolerance - Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia, 2013
  • WorldFest Houston International Film Festival – Official Competition, USA, 2013
  • Detective International Film Festival, Moscow, 2013
  • Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013

Educational

  • Ezra Film Community Club
  • Duke University
  • South West Disability Conference, Santa Fe, USA, 2013
  • University of Pennsylvania

Press and Links

Filmmaker Nitzan Rozenberg’s Special Interview profiles Israeli cub reporters Efrat Dotan, who has Down’s syndrome, and Matanel Bitton, who has developmental disabilities. Trained by the Association for Mentally & Physically Challenged Children in Israel (SHALVA) and employed in a joint project between SHALVA and Ynetnews, the young journalists have interviewed many prominent personalities, including Israel’s President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now the pair have set their sights on Barack Obama.While the behind-the-scenes material is disappointing, Efrat’s eloquence, charisma, and disarming conversational style serve well here to offset stereotypes. Recommended, overall. Aud: C, P. (M. Puffer-Rothenberg, The Video Librarian, 2013).

For the entire review check: http://www.videolibrarian.com/othervideo.html#Anchor-34560


The extraordinarily entertaining film, directed by Nitzan Rozenberg and produced by Reshet, chronicles their journey, two years ago, to get an interview with President Barack Obama and plead for him to secure Gilad Schalit’s release. The fact that the two 20-somethings are developmentally disabled is a central part of the story, but it isn’t the entire story.

For the entire review by Hannan Brown/The Jerusalem Post,
check: http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Arts/Special-Interview-is-exceptional-entertainment-326288

 
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