Manpower

Saturday, Oct. 8, 12:35 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2:45 p.m.

Director: Noam Kaplan
Country: Israel
Year: 2014
Runtime: 88 minutes
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

Meir Cohen is a decorated police officer who barely earns a living. His new assignment of deporting African migrant workers from Israel “of their own free will” teaches him foreigners are not the only ones who have no future in his country. Filmmaker Noam Kaplan delicately sketches the portraits of an Israeli-Filipino boy fighting for recognition, a taxi driver whose children are migrating to a distant country and a veteran migrant worker who is forced to decide whether to leave or hide until trouble passes. Moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, the film raises questions of belonging and uprooting, exile and emigration, and home and family.

Principal Cast: Yossi Marshek, Shmulik Calderon, Pampas Shimon Udi, Sun Intusap, Liat Goren, Neta Shpigelman

Writer: Noam Kaplan
Producers: Yoav Roeh, Orit Zamir
Cinematographer: Iddo Soskolne
Editor: Effi Cohen Vertes
Music: David Klemes, Gal Toren