FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Best Documentary - DocAviv Best Documentary-Israeli Academy Awards IDFA
- Cinema du reel
- New Directors/New Films
- Hot Docs
In June 2002, a bus on its way from Tel Aviv to Tiberius was bombed. Seventeen people were killed, 16 were identified. No. 17 wasn't. He was buried a few weeks later – anonymous. The police stopped searching, believing that he must have been a foreign worker. This is where the filmmakers step in, documenting in real time over a period of six months the search for the identity of a man no one claimed missing. The film takes the form of a detective investigation, but also pursues the stories of several people who were affected directly or indirectly by this bombing, creating a tragic-comic portrait of a society living under the shadow of death. When it seems that the investigation has reached a dead end a vague lead appears.
David Ofek, a graduate of the "Sam Spiegel" Film School in Jerusalem, was awarded the Wolgin Prize in the past for his short films "Home" and "Hi-Tech Dreams". Co-creator of the popular TV series "Bat-Yam—New-York" and "Melanoma my Love," Ofek directed the film "No. 17" which won the Israeli Academy Award for "Best Documentary" as well as other international Awards.