Transit

, 2013

The deportation of children born to foreign workers in Israel comes under the spotlight in [this] affecting human drama.” – Variety

Multi-award winning film including Best Director, Best Actress in the Philippine Film Awards and the Philippines’ submission to the 2014 Oscars. Transit is a window into the world of foreign workers in Israel, told by families threatened with having their children deported to the Philippines.

It tells the story of Moises, a Filipino, single father working as a caregiver in Herzliya. Moises and his Filipino neighbors, Janet, and her daughter Yael, find out the Israeli government plans to deport children of foreign workers. Afraid of the new law, they decide to hide their children.

This story of conflicted identity and the cultural pressures of fitting in is an insight into a side of Israel not often talked about. One that, for outsiders, can throw their futures and allegiances into turmoil.

93 mins/ English, Filipino, Hebrew, Tagalog (english subtitles)

director — Hannah Espia

category — Other Israel