Bridge Over the Wadi
A film and series by Barak Heymann & Tomer Heymann
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2006  |  Israel  |  film: 55 min.  |  series: 30 min. x 4 episodes  |  Arabic, Hebrew  |  Original Title: Bridge over the Wadi גשר על הואדי


Heymann Brothers Films
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Heymann Brothers Films has been operating for over a decade and specializes in long term documentary projects with a social and political orientation, as well as very personal ones. The company was founded by Tomer Heymann, one of the leading documentary directors in Israel.Tomer & Barak In
2001 he created “It Kinda Scares Me” which won the Academy Award in Israel, and other awards in Torino, Milan, New York, Taipei and Melbourne.

In 2003 his film "Aviv - Fucked Up Generation" came out commercially and brought a vast amount of viewers to the cinemas, as it correspondingly participated in many festivals worldwide.

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Barak Heymann joined the "Heymann Brothers Films" company in 2003 and has since directed and produced several documentary films and series. “Heymann Brothers Films” is an independent Israeli company dedicated to the release of documentaries on the social aspect of the Israeli/Jewish culture.

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Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film “It Kinda Scares Me”. “Paper Dolls” won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and the audience’s award at the Los Angeles Festival. The film and TV series "Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival's prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer's new 8-part series "The Way Home" was recently broadcasted by the Yes Doco Channel in Israel and won the best documentary series award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival. 


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The Film

For the first time in Israel, a group of Arab and Jewish parents decide to establish a conjoint bi-national, bi-lingual school inside an Arab village.

The film follows the school's first year and portrays through the personal stories of its characters, how complicated and fragile is the attempt to create an environment of co-existence against the backdrop of the complicated reality around.

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Hague Educational Film Festival, Netherlands 2014 (external link)
1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul,Turkey 2013 (external link)
15th Cinema on Border Film Festival,Cieszyn,Poland 2013 16th Festival de Cinema Judaico de São Paulo 2012
- With the films:     The Queen Has No Crown  -   End of The Story  -   I Shot My Love  -   Lone Samaritan  -   Bridge Over the Wadi  -   Paper Dolls  -   It Kinda Scares Me  -   Dancing Alfonso  -   Aviv (Fucked Up Generation)  -   My Village  -  

Films by Tomer Heyman & Barak Heymann, both guests of honor of the Festival. They will attend all screenings, and be available for Q&A thereafter.

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Colours Film Festival of Cultural Diversity, Hungary 2012 Visages Film Festival, Martigny,Switzerland 2013
- With the films:     Life In Stills  -   Lone Samaritan  -   Bridge Over the Wadi  -  
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Which Human Rights? Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey 2011 Israel Film Festival, Montreal, Canada 2011 Israeli Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary 2011 San Francisco Jewish film festival, USA 2008
- With the films:     Bridge Over the Wadi  -   Dancing Alfonso  -   Stalags - Holocaust and Pornography in Israel  -   Out of Focus  -  
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, USA 2008
EcoFilm Festival Rodos, Greece 2008
Human Rights' Documentary Days, Ukraine 2008
South Caucasus Doc. Film Festival of Peace & Human Rights, Caucasus 2008
Human Rights Film Festival Seoul, Korea 2008
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia 2008
Cleaveland Jewish Film Festival, USA 2008
Filmmakers Forum Competition, Israel 2007
- With the films:     Bridge Over the Wadi  -   Debut  -  

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Watch Docs Human Rights in Film Warsaw, Poland 2007
Freiburger Film Forum, Germany 2007
Krakow International Film Festival, Poland 2007
Voices Forward Film Festival Toronto, Canada 2007
Sydney International Film Festival, Australia 2007
Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival, USA 2007
Parnu International Film Festival, Estonia 2007
Docs Barcelona, Spain 2007
Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK 2007
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil 2007
One World Human Rights Film Festival, Slovakia 2007
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece 2007
UK Jewish Film Festival 2007
Israel Festival Rome, Italy 2007
Shanghai TV Festival, China 2007
Verzio Human Rights International Film Festival, Hungary 2007
Zagreb Dox, Croatia 2007
One World Film Festival Prague, Czech Republic 2007
Contact Kyiv Int'l Documentary Festival, Ukraine 2007
IDFA Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, The Netherlands 2006
New York Times
Arab and Israeli Peace, at Least for Children


“Bridge Over the Wadi” begins with the small and familiar to examine the big and complex. The first scene in this documentary, scheduled to have its television premiere in this country Sunday night on the PBS World channel, shows two sleepy-eyed little boys and their morning routine.

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Floating Life
Compass last night: Bridge Over the Wadi

Posted on March 9, 2009 by Neil

Given so much we see and read out of Israel/Palestine, it was good that Compass screened the documentary Bridge Over the Wadi last night. One reviewer writes: … Although Hand in Hand is bi-lateral, this film isn’t. It’s Israeli. This will immediately scream ‘bias’ to some audiences. But hold on a minute – and I say that sincerely as I am the most sceptical of audiences on such matters. As an Israeli film, I still feel it bends over backwards to illustrate both sides. Often quite emotionally. And the sincerity of all concerned can be painfully moving to behold.

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Eye For Film
Bridge Over the Wadi

Reviewed By: Chris

Sometimes, it's so hard to find the right words. Sometimes the right words don't exist. And sometimes, it is life and death for the future generations that depend on them. Reviewing this film has been difficult. I apologise in advance for any inadvertent offence. 'Wadi' is an Arabic word. It means 'valley'. Where valleys can harbour flashfloods and landslides, the word conveys added danger. Wadi Ara is a particular wadi in Israel. It passes through Arab and Jewish towns near Haifa. In times when words have failed here, much fighting has ensued. Bloody, terrifying fighting. Bridge Over The Wadi looks at a new way to find the right words. Words to cross borders.

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Written & Directed by:  Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann
Produced by:  Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann
Editors (film):  Arik Leibovitch, Amit Azaz, Erez Laufer, Ron Goldman & Lavi Ben-Gal
Editors (series):  Lavi Ben-Gal, Ron Goldman & Tal Rabiner
Cinematographer:  Daniel Miran, Uri Levi & Itai Raziel
Script Editor (series):  Lavi Ben-Gal
Research:  Rafaat Hattab
Original Score (film):  Eli Soorani
Original Score (series):  Berry Saharof
Co-Produced together with:  ITVS

This film was supported by ITVS and The Rabinovich Foundation.

The series was supported by Yes docu.