Once Upon a Time in Israel

Original title: Pewnego razu w Izraelu
Director: Weronika Szyma
Country: Poland
Year: 2021
Running time: 11 min
Language: English
An animated documentary in the form of a travel diary describes the journey of Polish director Weronika Szyma to Israel. Her love for a Palestinian man fuels her desire to express her worldviews and say in no uncertain terms what she thinks about the local conflict. After she arrives in the town of Sderot, situated near the Gaza Strip, her simplistic understanding is immediately challenged by the much more complex everyday reality of the local population.
Weronika Szyma
Weronika Szyma is animation director, screenwriter and animator. Born in 1996 in Warsaw, Poland. A student of Masters degree in Animation at The Polish National Film School in Łódź. Author of short films, including “Once upon a time in Israel” (2021), “Lushfulness” (2020) and “A degvil and a rascat” (2018). Her films were selected and awarded at numerous film festivals around the world. Working mostly in analog media. Her works concentrate on feminism, body, lingustics, cultures and world conflicts.


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