52 mins, Hebrew, English subtitles
Screenplay, Director and Cinematographer: Ruth Walk
Editor, Producer: Yael Perlov
Sara Shilo lives in Kfar Vradim. Maalot is right in front of her, where she lived for 16 years. She has four children. She lives between “below and above”. Below is where the family is, where she loves to be a “homemaker”. Above – the writing. Most of her life she was a kindergarten teacher. She didn’t go to university because of an attention deficit disorder and that’s also the reason why she cannot think in terms of a plot. She writes in fragments, about “holes”: a hole in the ground created by a Katyusha missile, an underground bomb shelter, a hole left by her father’s death. After years of writing in loneliness and anonymity, she is having a hard time accepting the success and exposure. “The knowledge that you touched a chord. The power of words. Pains I can create in people with words.”
The film accompanies her at this critical point in her life as a writer.
“Sara Shilo is, in my opinion, one of the best authors who currently write in Hebrew, and Walk’s film wondrously depicts her complexity as a person and a writer.” David Grossman