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For My Father Details


A man prepared to commit a profound act of hatred unexpectedly discovers compassion and understanding in this drama from Israeli filmmaker Dror Zahavi. Tarek (Shredi Jabarin) is an Arab man in his early twenties who left behind a promising career in soccer to join a radical terrorist group. Tarek volunteers to be a suicide bomber and travels from Tulkarem to Tel Aviv, planning to explode himself in the Carmel Market on a busy Saturday morning. However, Tarek's bomb turns out to be a dud, and he's left stranded with nowhere to go. Looking for a place to spend the night, Tarek is befriended by Katz (Shlomo Vishinsky), an aging electrician who lost his only son to fighting against the Arab states. As the day wears on, Tarek meets Keren (Hili Yalon), a woman who was raised in an ultra-Orthodox household and left her family behind in search of her own freedom. Tarek finds a kindred spirit in Keren and acceptance in Katz, forcing him to reexamine the choices that brought him to Tel Aviv in the first place. Sof Shavua Be-Tel Aviv (aka For My Father) received its North American premiere at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 2, 2008


Shredy Jabarin
as Tarek
Hili Yalon
as Keren
Shlomo Vishinsky
as Katz
Michael Moshonov
as Shlomi
Avital Pasternak
as Adina
Rozina Kambus
as Zipora
Chaim Banai
as Rehavia
Yussuf Abu-Warda
as Saleh
Jony Arbid
as Abed


Dror Zahavi
Zvi Spielmann
Heike Wiehle-Timm
Rami Damri
Shlomo Mograbi
Ido Dror
Misha Segal
Composer (Music Score)
Fritz Busse
Kuli Sander
Production Designer
Rami Damri
Associate Producer
Kuli Sander
Set Designer
Eli Yarkoni
Sound/Sound Designer
Mathias Schwerbrock
Line Producer