The Hyderabad Film Club is organising an Israeli Film Festival, from 25th to 28 July, at the Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet. The screenings include 3 award winning films and 4 documentaries. Today, the third day, A Working Mom - an Israeli documentary directed by Limor Pinhasov & Yaron Kaftori, will be the first film to be screened, at 6:30pm.
In 1990, 22-year-old Marisa Villozial left her 3-year-old son and her infant daughter with her parents in Bolivia, and traveled overseas to look for a job in the West. She spent 15 years doing hard menial labour in Israel, sending her pay home, following the growth of her children only through periodic phone calls.
In February 2005, Marisa returned to Bolivia to reunite with her children and family and try to become a real mother. Marisa's return to Cochabamba was a very emotional and upsetting one. Her children, now 16 and 18, were quite apathetic, not to say hostile, towards her. They both insisted on calling her Auntie and not Mother, and refused to listen or spend time with her. The house that was supposed to be built for her with the money she sent turned out to be only a skeleton of a house.
With teary eyes she realized she was misled, and that the money she'd sent to her father for the house had been squandered. Her story is a real-life family drama that reflects powerful and painful global themes: poverty, preservation of culture, alienation and displacement in the new global economy and the plight of international guest-workers. A story which demonstrates the extremes individuals will go to in order to save their families – sometimes saving and losing them in the same act.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.