Israeli Short Film About Drone Operator to Screen at Tribeca Film Festival

Ben Hakim’s short is one of several Israeli films selected – others include Udi Aloni’s 'Junction 48,' a love story about two Palestinian hop-hip artists.

A scene From "Operator," about a mom working as a drone operator in order to support her family. How much of her work does she take home?
Pablo Arkosin

A short film by Tel Aviv University graduate Ben Hakim – about a single mom who works as a drone operator by day in order to support her family – will compete in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, opening on April 13.

“Operator” is one of 72 shorts selected out of the 3,553 films submitted for this year’s Global Shorts category at the Manhattan festival, now in its 15th year.

“Operator” will also be screened in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Festival in May, albeit not in competition.

Hakim’s movie joins a number of recent films to explore the growing use of drones for military purposes and the moral dilemmas that stem from long-distance killing with no risk to the operator’s life. Among them are “Eye in the Sky,” which featured one of the final performances of the late Alan Rickman, and “Good Kill” (2014) with Ethan Hawke.

Another Israeli film participating at Tribeca is Udi Aloni’s “Junction 48,” which will screen in the full-length feature competition. Cowritten by Oren Moverman (“Time Out of Mind”), the movie is a love story about two Palestinian hip-hop artists. “Junction 48” won an audience award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival in February.

Two films by Israeli directors resident in the United States will also screen in New York. “The Ticket” by Ido Fluk (“It’s Never Too Late”) stars Dan Stevens and Malin Akerman. It’s about a blind man who abandons his friends when pursuing materialistic goals after unexpectedly regaining his sight.

The documentary “Love True,” meanwhile, is Alma Har’el’s follow-up to her award-winning doc “Bombay Beach.”