By Asaf Saban
Three childhood friends are excited to take part in the ultimate coming-of-age experience for the Israeli youth - a high-school trip to the Holocaust sites in Poland. Between extermination camps and memorial sites, they go through their own personal journey, face their fears, and celebrate their youth.
Script: Asaf Saban
Producers: Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir, Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Agnieszka Dzeidzic
Co-producers: Matan Gaida
Sales: New Europe Film Sales
Partners: Koi Studio, In Good Company
CrewCasting: Rutie Blum
Photography: Bogumił Godfrejów
Editing: Michal Oppenheim
Original Music: Assaf Talmudi
Soundtrack: Avi Mizrahi
Costume Designer: Inbal Shuki
Poland. Warsaw’s Chopin airport. Businessmen, tourists and local workers come and go. A group of 40 teenagers, accompanied by a few nervous adults, exits the arrivals gate. They are all bunched up together, wearing white sweatshirts with "ISRAEL" printed in blue on the back. At first glance they might look like a national sports team. But this Delegation is here for a very different reason - a school trip to concentration camps and memorials.
We'll follow this young Israeli delegation on their journey around Poland, where the incomprehensible past of WW2, meets the complex present of being an Israeli teenager. The clash between these realities is at the base of this perceptive, critical, coming-of-age story.
Berlin film festival 2023 - Generation competition - https://www.berlinale.de/en/home.html
“Delegation is a powerful film that evokes strong emotions in its dedicated endeavour to capture the feeling of rediscovering yourself and embracing the past and the lessons it established in even the most modern of circumstances.”Matthew Joseph Jenner, International Cinephile Society.
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Asaf Saban is a film director and writer. Born 1979, Israel. Lives and works in Tel-Aviv. Graduated with honors from “Ha-Midrasha” school of arts, Beit-Berl College. 5 times grant recipient for excellence in arts by the “America-Israel cultural foundation”. His student short films were screened at major film festivals around the world and received awards.