Israeli Filmmaker Wrestles With Demons and Hellish Childhood, and Wins

It was only after the death of her father that writer-director Dorit Hakim found the impetus to make 'Moon in the 12th House,' a film that draws on elements from her own life. She recalls a youth lived in the fearful shadow of an abusive stepmother and how tragedy made her stronger.

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Five years ago, Dorit Hakim thought she could lean back and relax a little. She was leading the good life in Silicon Valley, doing well financially, with a husband and three happy children she loved.