FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Best Documentary Award – The Jerusalem International Film Festival
- Vision's du Reel Film Festival, goEast
- The Syracuse International Film Festival
- INPUT - International Public TV Screening Conference
- 6th International Film Festival Jewish Motifs
- CRONOGRAF- International Documentary FF
- Rodos International Film & Visual Arts festival ECOFILMS
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- AsterFest Film Festival
- Official Selection – Washington Jewish FF (USA, December 2009)
- Best Documentary Award – The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers' Forum Competition
- Audience Award - 10. Mediterranean Film Festival in Siroki Brijeg
The story of Nicolai begins in a tiny, remote village in the Romanian region of Moldavia. With the collapse of communism, Nicolai - like many thousands of other villagers - suddenly found himself out of work, so he decided to seek his fortune overseas, far from his family and home. For three years he worked as a guest laborer in Israel, exploited to the hilt by the company that sent him there. He had little contact with his wife, who gave birth in his absence. Finally, determined to gain control of his destiny, Nicolai fled his employer and became an "illegal". He was caught by the police and sent to prison, but suddenly his life took an abrupt turn and at once everything changed… Nicolai plays himself in this film, and relives the dramatic events of his life. As his story unfolds, the film raises ethical questions about life in Israel and the kind of law that defines Israel's national identity.
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.