For the first time in Israel, a group of Arab and Jewish parents decide to establish a bi-national, bi-lingual school. The film follows the school’s first year, and through the personal stories of its characters, Bridge Over the Wadi portrays the complicated and fragile attempt to create an environment of coexistence against the backdrop of the complicated reality around.
NIF Film Club discussed this film with NIF’s VP of Public Engagement Libby Lenkinski and director Barak Heymann.
Barak Heymann was born in 1976 in Yedidia Village in the north of Israel. He has been directing and producing documentaries for TV and cinema for the past 15 years . Barak’s, and his brother Tomer’s, independent film company, Heymann Brothers Films, has produced over 25 documentaries. Their films have premiered in numerous festivals worldwide, such as Berlinale, IDFA and Hotdocs, where they have won prestigious awards. Barak teaches in several films schools in Israel and is currently engaged in a number of ongoing projects. Photo by Avner Shaked.