The documentary film “Death in the Terminal,” by Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudry, won three awards on Wednesday at Tel Aviv's Docaviv festival – Best Picture in the festival’s Israeli film competition, Best Original Score (won by Tomer Yosef and Tom Darom), and the Best Director award from Fedeora – the European Film Critics Federation.
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“Death in the Terminal” portrays what happened in the Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station on October 18, 2015 after an armed terrorist entered – an incident that ended with the death of a Golani soldier and an Eritrean national who was mistaken for the terrorist and lynched. The competition’s judges described it as a virtuosic and heartbreaking film.
“The award is being given for the sublime way the film uses apathetic surveillance videos to create a sharp cinematic portrait of Israeli society, which is flooded with messages of racism and incitement during fearful times,” they said.
“We hope the film will send a tearful and sobering message that will help engrave the lynching of Haftom Zarhum on the collective Israeli memory.” The prize carries a cash award of 70,000 shekels (nearly $18,200).
Shemesh has previously directed “The Cemetery Club” and “White Gold, Black Labor,” while Sudry has won two Ophir Awards, for his cinematography on “Fill the Void,” and “Thirst,” and co-directed the documentaries “Strike” with Amir Tausinger and “Paradigma,” with David Ofek.