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Emotional Premiere for “Red Cow” at the Berlinale

"Red Cow", by alumna Tsivia Yaakov Barkai, had an auspicious world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The moving screening was in the presence of the filmmaker, who developed the project at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab, along with her cast and crew.

Tsivia Barkai: The "Red Cow" chose me even before I chose it, and it forced me to confront my greatest demons. Through it, I understood this film and the Red Heifer's commandment, which symbolizes Israel's redemption in its land, and the quest to purify the impure, whether you need to be cleansed and how. In short, we can say that there is an obvious hierarchy. The heroine of the film depicts the difficulty of the "other" against the nationalist homogeneous ideology, but offers liberation. The Red Cow, contrary to the commandment, offers a completely different redemption from the freeing of the blood and soil.


Barkai's graduation film "Vika" also screened at Berlinale Generations.


"A story told in pictures as powerful as the stormy yearnings of its heroine." 

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