SHANI ATIAS and Ron Weisberg star in 'Tzeva Adom'.
(photo credit: EUCALYPTUS FILMS)
Tzeva Adom: The Color Red, a short film about an unlikely relationship across the Gaza-Israel border, is one of the semifinalists at the upcoming NBC Universal Short Film Festival.
The 20-minute film was written by C. Ashleigh Caldwell, directed by Michael Horwitz and stars Shani Atias, the younger sister of Moran Atias.
“Our film tells the story from both sides of the border,” the filmmakers wrote, “and ultimately presents a message of peace, tolerance, hope and responsible communication within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Earlier this month, the film was named one of the 15 semifinalists at the festival. All of the semifinalist films are currently being screened in New York. Finalists will be selected and screened in October in Los Angeles.
Star Atias and director Horwitz are both in New York City to attend the screenings.
“The film was chosen out of 3,400 films to be in the 15 finalists!” Atias wrote on Instagram. “We are so grateful to share this story of peace and hope!”
The short film has already gained acclaim at a series of other festivals.
It screened at the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It won best narrative short and best actress for Atias at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. It also screened at the Pasadena International Film Festival in March.
The movie – which is named for the air-raid siren that sounds when rockets are fired at Israel – features Ronit, an IDF soldier, and Omar, an 11-year-old boy from Gaza. The two meet briefly, but a viral video and an Internet connection continue to tie them together
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