By Shmuel BERU


Drama - Completed 2008

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ISRAEL
    • Languages
    • HEBREW, Other
    • Duration
    • 72 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Shmuel BERU
    • Producer(s)
    • Marek ROZENBAUM, Itai TAMIR
    • Synopsis
    • Zrubavel tells the story of a family in cultural disarray. Gite Zrubavel and his wife Molo immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia with their three children, Hana, Almaz, and Gili. Hana's husband has returned to the Jewish religion without his wife's support.
      The second daughter, Almaz, chooses to marry her distant relative, Tupac, against her parents' wishes. Gili vacillates between a life of crime and a dream to become an Israeli hero. Their grandson, Itzhak—better known as "Spike Lee"— aspires to be a successful film director. Much of the story is told through the lens of his personal video camera as he travels his neighborhood, filming everyone and everything from the mundane to the criminal.
      A surprising chain of events undermines Gite's control over his family. The conflict is ignited by this clash of generations, specifically between the Ethiopian customs cherished by Gita and his wife and the younger generation's desire to assimilate within Israeli culture.
      Zrubavel is a universal Israeli story of struggle, generational rifts, and what it means to become Israeli.
    • Partners & financing
    • The Israeli Film Fund
      The Gesher Film Fund