White Panther (Pantar Lavan)

, 2013

Nominated for a 2013 Ophir Award (Israel’s Oscars), White Panther taps into the dark underbelly of the Russian migrant experience in contemporary Israel. Danni Reisfeld’s audience-rousing film is a complex, gritty, Jewish version of Rocky.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, one million Russian Jews migrated to Israel. Many migrants had difficulty integrating and many settled in peripheral areas dominated by Russians, many dissatisfied with their new lives. These self-made ghettos were a fertile ground for the creation of self-hating Jewish skinheads. White Panther tells the story of Alex, who joins a gang, led by his older brother. When he meets David, a religious Moroccan Jew, his world opens up, and he is inspired to pursue his real dream — to become a world-class boxer like his father.

89 min / Hebrew, Russian (English subtitles)

Director — Danni Reisfeld

Category — Drama and Desire