Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After the filming ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister — five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost.
NIF Film Club discussed this film with NIF’s VP of Public Engagement Libby Lenkinski and directors Udi Nir and Shani Rozanes.
This week’s film and discussion were in partnership with the Other Israel Film Festival, as part of a special Israeli Leaders on Film series.
Udi Nir is a writer, director and producer. His first feature documentary was #uploading_holocaust (2016, DOK Leipzig, BR, RBB, ORF, Keshet), followed by GOLDA (2019, DocAviv, DOC NYC, Arte, HOT). He studied at the school of playwriting in Tel-Aviv, created and directed theater shows and worked as a producer at Clipa Theater. Before turning to arts, Udi worked for Amnesty International and other human rights NGOs.
Shani Rozanes is an Israeli journalist, writer and content advisor living in Berlin. A former news editor in leading Israeli media outlets and publications, she is currently a producer and presenter working for the English talk department of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. Born and raised in the city of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, Rozanes moved to Berlin in 2014 after four years of living in New York.