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48 Hours with Dad

Gal Dor | 2019 | Israel | 43

Director Gal Dor’s father is in prison. He sometimes receives a 48-hour furlough, quarantined in a small apartment and under her court-ordered supervision. Gal fears she might end up as her dad and decides to use “imprisonments” to learn how to avoid it. With the usage of archived videos, their past and current lives are revealed as the camera documents their relationship’s development.

UK Premiere

Writer: Gal Dor
Producer: Gal Dor
Cinematographer: Or Azulay
Editor: Nir Dvortchin
Sound: Gal Dor, Elad Dvortchin, Yarin Plotnik

Director Biography

Gal Dor graduated from The School of Visual Arts at Sapir College. During her studies she directed a number of short fiction films, and a short documentary, which was screened in the International Cinema South Film Festival in 2017 and is the basis for her current film. In the same year, Gal won the DocAviv Pitching competition and participated in the in the JFW Project, where she produced a short documentary which was screened in The Jerusalem Film Festival. Before that, in 2016, Gal produced a short fiction film, ‘Asa Turns 13’, which won Best Film in Cinema South Film Festival and was screened around the world. At present Gal is studying video therapy at Tel-Aviv University and is the producer of a student film with the support of the Gesher Foundation and yes Docu channel.

Director Statement

Up until two years ago, when asked about my father’s doing I always changed the subject. Sometimes I said “economist” even though he stopped practicing 10 years earlier. I resented any mention of resemblance to me. Actually, I felt that I did not know who my father truly was. This uncertainty led me to an identity crisis and fear of our biological connection. My father was obsessed with lies and fraud, are those “qualities” in my genes too? My fears drove me to turn the camera on and confront them. The camera re-established relations with my father. It gave me the courage to open up past issues, discuss and share them with him. The goal was to come to a closure with my father through this new acknowledgment. The film and following months after the filming gave me that closure. I learned to know his two sides, good and bad. I am not afraid of those genes anymore. This therapeutic journey put me in a better place related to myself and my father.

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