Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me

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    Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me

    Lama azavtani

    Directed by

    Israel, France


    94 min

    • Arabic
    • Hebrew


    Muhammad, a rejected boy from the fringe of society, floats through the streets of a filthy city, exposed and desolated, until he meets Gurevich; a lone rover who rides his motorcycle into the bowels of the city, through the shadows of the back alleys, sharpening the knives of butcher shops and gourmet restaurants. Stubborn and tenacious, the boy forces his way under the man’s wing. Within this hypnotic urban hell, what starts as an unstable and hesitant apprenticeship evolves into a struggle for self-control.


    • First Feature Award - Haifa IFF



    Muhammad Daas
    Yuval Gurevich
    Hadar Morag
    Shark De Mayo
    Ori Ben-Dov

    Director's Statement

    Simone Weil, the French philosopher and theologian, wrote that the encounter with the violent act, the iniquity, is consuming both for the aggressor and for the victim. Like mass hurtling from the attacker to the victim conveyed by the violent act. The result being that the innocent victims feel guilty without having sinned themselves. Frequently they pass this mass of aggression on to their surroundings. This transmission is like a snowball rolling downhill, growing bigger. Someone has to absorb the evil energy, to break this vicious circle of abuse. In Weil’s Catholic perspective Jesus Christ does it. In mine it is Muhammad. Being male he can do it. What I was never able to do.



    Mystically enigmatic.

    Sabine Kues, Cineuropa

    Hadar Morag

    Hadar Morag


    I'm interested in the place where language collapses.

    Hadar Morag is a graduate of the Department of Film and Television at the Tel Aviv University where she received the Dean Award of Excellence. Her short film SILENCE made its world premiere at the Cinéfondation selection in Festival de Cannes 2008. It was later screened around the world winning numerous awards. WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME (2015) is Hadar’s debut feature which had its world premiere at the Venice IFF, Orizzonti Competition. The film won the Best Debut Film award and the European Critics award at the Haifa FF. The script was presented in the Crossroads co-production forum at the Thessaloniki IFF 2011, where it won the MFI award. Currently, Hadar is completing her Masters studies in Theology and Philosophy at the Tel Aviv University.