Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem: Dorit Hakim on 'Moon in the 12th House'

Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem: Dorit Hakim on 'Moon in the 12th House'

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Here in Jerusalem with her feature directorial debut Moon In The 12th House, Dorit Hakim has had a whirlwind three years since returning to Israel from the US. "I barely saw my kids for almost a year while making this movie," she recalls.

The film, which screens at Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17) on July 13 and 14, depicts a pair of estranged Israeli sisters who are reunited, forcing them to come to terms with the circumstances that tore them apart. It was nominated for six Ophir awards last year, and had its international premiere at Seattle International Film Festival in May. Producers Movie Plus are acting as sales agent, and United King will distribute in Israel.

Hakim found raising money for her debut feature a challenge and was unable to secure any production support from the country's film funds. "[The funds] see movies as a battlefield in a war, they think you need to be a general in order to make it happen. It's hard for them to believe a female can do it," she claims. …

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