Cause of Death

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    Cause of Death

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    79 min

    • Hebrew


    On March 5, 2002, an armed terrorist opened fire on patrons at a restaurant in Tel Aviv. Police officer Salim Barakat, a member of the Druze community, was one of the first to arrive on the scene. He died a hero that night, murdered by a terrorist. Each year his family and coworkers commemorate his life. But Salim’s brother Jamal has heard a rumor that lies were told about the circumstances of Salim death. Was it really the terrorist who killed him?

    Jamal starts his own investigation into the events, and the camera follows him from the outset. As he does every year, Jamal visits the police gathering in memory of his brother, but this time he confronts them directly with his growing doubts. He also digs up old documents and talks with family members, eyewitnesses and a coroner. Archive news footage intercuts scenes showing Jamal’s desperate attempts to get to the facts—facts that expose uncomfortable truths about the position of his religious minority in Israel.



    Itai Raziel
    Rami Katzav
    Assaf Lapid
    Rami Katz

    Rami Katz


    Rami Katz is a filmmaker and photographer who lives in Vancouver, BC. He recently completed his MFA in Film Production at the University of British Columbia, where he received the H. Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking. His MFA thesis film is a thirty-five minute documentary titled THE ISSUE OF MR O'DELL.​​​​​​​ The film premiered at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where it received the President's Award, awarded to the best student film. Katz is a past participant of the RIDM Talent Lab, and his short films have screened at nearly two dozen film festivals around the world.​​​​​​​ His latest film CAUSE OF DEATH (2018) was selected for IDFA.