27.01.2011 22.Shevat, 5771
Director Dan Wolman takes a fresh look at the First Aliya in his new film ‘Gei Oni.’
While many Israeli filmmakers have examined recent history in their films, director Dan Wolman looks back to a much earlier time in Gei Oni (Valley of Strength), his latest film.
Based on a novel by Shulamit Lapid, the film looks at a young woman who comes to Palestine from Russia during the First Aliya. But while the period may not be contemporary, the story certainly is, as Wolman makes what could have been a typical story of a plucky new immigrant overcoming obstacles into a psychological drama about how a woman learns to overcome trauma and a stigma to build a new life for herself….