Yana’s Friends

Directed by Simeon Vinokur

An engaging and enjoyable drama, this directorial début recounts the life of a new arrival to the Israel of the Gulf War period. Yana and her husband have left Russia for Tel Aviv, but when he returns to Russia she is stranded, pregnant, to cope with a strange land and culture. Offering rare insight into the complexity of the immigrant experience in Israel, YANA’S FRIENDS won the audience prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival.PlusSpecial Introduction (link to film events)Manchester-based Israeli writer and musician Ruti Worrall will introduce this screening of YANA’S FRIENDS situating the film within a historical and political context.

Duration:
90 minutes

Country of origin:
Israel

Year of production:
1999