Orange People

For many years, Grandma Zohara has occupied a special role within the Moroccan community in Israel. By cradling an object brought to her by her clients, Grandma Zohara gains access to the family’s past through her dreams. The observations she makes on these dreaming journeys, allow her to advise families on future decisions. Lately, however, Grandma Zohara has become worn out. In her search for someone to take over this role, she discovers that the only other person endowed with the power of dreaming is her daughter, Simone. However, Simone has different ideas about her future and resists her mother’s demands that she take up this role. With the support of Simone’s sister, Fanny, who arrives unexpectedly from Paris, Simone gathers the strength to pursue her own desire and together, they wage a battle for Simone’s independence and creativity.

Original title:
Anashim Ketumim
90 minutes
Hanna Azoulay Hasfari

Shown at

  1. 13º Festival Internacional de Cine Judio Mexico - 2016
  2. 15th Festival of Israeli Cinema in Paris - 2015
  3. 17th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2015
  4. 18th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. 19th Annual Israeli Film Festival (Philadelphia) - 2015
  6. 20th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  7. 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  8. 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. 26th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  10. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  11. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  12. Brussels Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  13. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. JPL Israeli Film Festival (Montreal) - 2017
  15. Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  16. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  17. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2015

1 Response

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Moroccan Spice
    by Amy Kronish

    “Orange People, directed and written by Hannah Azoulai-Hasfari, is an intriguing and wonderful woman’s story — about three generations of Jewish Moroccan women, living in contemporary Israel. In both of Azoulai-Hasfari’s films (she also wrote the script for Shchur), the subject matter is about supernatural powers. According to Azoulai-Hasfari (in a radio interview on Reshet Bet, May 2, 2014), the Moroccan culture has a strong belief in the power of dreams and demons. ”

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