Israeli Doc Series presents: Savoy

November 12, -
Speaker(s): Shai Ginsburg
The Israeli Documentary Series screens the award-winning "Savoy" (2022, run time 78 min) as the final film of the fall semester. A public reception will precede the screening at 6:30PM in the Ruby Lounge.

In a new hybrid documentary, fiction-docu film, Zohar Wagner tells the story the deadly 1975 Hotel Savoy terror attack in Tel Aviv from the perspective of a forgotten heroine.

Filmmaker Zohar Wagner tells the story of Kochava Levy, a young woman of Yemeni descent, who served as mediator between PLO terrorists and the IDF while being held hostage in Tel Aviv - during the night of the deadly 1975 Hotel Savoy terror attack. Over the course of one night, she transformed herself into a fearless heroine. The film intertwines rare archival materials that were never released as well as re-enacted scenes from the night of the attack.

"Nearly 50 years later, Zohar Wagner's film serves to set the record straight, ensuring that Levy is no longer a footnote. Utilizing a synchronistic blend of archival footage, audio recordings, news reports, journal entries and reenactments, this engrossing film reframes the fateful night in 1975 from the perspective of its forgotten heroine. " - San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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