Self Made

Drama | 2014 | Israel | 91 Mins | Hebrew, Arabic

Directed by Shira Geffen

Cast: Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya

Producers: David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery

91 Mins Minutes

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Synopsis

SELF MADE tells the story of two women -one Israeli, the other Palestinian- who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.



Michal is a renowned Jerusalem artist. One morning, her bed breaks, she falls off and consequently loses her memory. She orders a new bed and discovers that a screw is missing. She complains to the furniture factory, leading to the dismissal of Nadine, a young Palestinian woman, who works packing screws in plastic bags.



This event is a point of no return for both women until their fates cross again at a border checkpoint. A soldier’s mistake sends Michal to Nadine’s refugee camp and Nadine to Michal’s home in Jerusalem. The swap leads them to discover their hidden desires, inaccessible in their previous lives.



"Self Made brings Brazil’s Bureaucratic Paranoia to the West Bank (…). A Kafka-esque, surrealist take on Israel and Palestine" - VANITY FAIR



"Dripping with black humor (…) Self Made provides an entertaining and pensive thought about the straitjackets imposed on women or maybe just about everyone else too" - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER



"Shira Geffen’s clever identity-swap comedy subverts cliches and upends expectations (…) and manages to surprise at every turn (…). Adler, who also starred in “Jellyfish”, and newcomer Saraya are both bewitchingly watchable actresses, blessed with striking features, mysterious souls and the capacity to surprise at any moment" - VARIETY