Lone Samaritan

A touching father-daughter relationship and the story of the dying out Samaritan sect

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Documentary Family Religion Anthropology

The Samaritans, a tiny religious sect, are dying out. But they still maintain extremely harsh rules against assimilation: if you leave the fold, you and your family are as good as dead. Israeli actress Sophie Tzedaka is one such woman. One by one, she and her three sisters became "Jews" and were excommunicated by their 700-person community. So was their father.

“Lone Samaritan” is a touching father-daughter journey that transcends all beliefs. It explores universal issues of faith and modernity, the role of women in religion, and the individual’s right to forge an independent identity—especially when that means violating a tradition you still hold dear.

Best Documentary Award - Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2010
Best Documentary Award - Filmmakers Forum Competition, Israel, 2010
Creative Documentary award - Paris Human Rights Film Festival, France, 2011
Best Asian Documentary Golden Magnolia Award - Shanghai TV Festival China, 2011
Best of Category, Human Rights Issues - 8th Annual Montana CINE International Film Festival, USA, 2011
Award-Winning Human Rights Film - Official Best Of Fest, USA, 2012
Best Documentary  - PUFF Portugal Underground Film Festival, Portugal, 2012
‘Outstanding Film’ Manny Award at the Take Two Film Festival, USA, 2013
Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston Film Festival, USA, 2013

Director: Barak Heymann

Producers: Heymann Brothers Films

Editor: Neta Dvorkis

Cinematogrpher: Uri Levi

Original Score: Ehud Banai

Research: Tali Shamir-Werzberger

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