A fascinating story of Leonid Bernstein, who was a partisan battalion
commander during ww2. He was responsible for destroying the development facility of the terrifying Nazi V-2 rocket, the last hope of Hitler to change the outcome of war. But beyond the medals, lies a wonderful story of a young Jewish orphan who becomes a leader, survives against all odds and succeeds to preserve his identity.
A social drama told through the eyes of Andrey, a young immigrant living with her little sister in the slums of the city of Ashdod and struggling to assimilate into Israeli society, who forms a hip-hop band with his three best friends.
Surviving day to day, they devote their time to rehearsing for an audition to an upcoming international music festival. They believe that winning the musical competition will allow them to make their voices heard, to influence their harsh reality.
The veterans, both men and women, fighters in the «Red Army» that overpowered the Nazis in the Second World War, are today elderly.
They gather daily in their small club, that was built for them by their city in the south of Israel,to tell their stories — perhaps for the last time. Here are the stories of the veterans of Arad.
* The movie developed for Ministry of Education for preservation of historical values.
This is a story about the solitude of the new immigrants and their endless struggle to survive, to be accepted and to be a part of Israeli society.
Andrei, the protagonist, a new immigrant from the former Soviet Union, discovers that in order to save his sick father’s life he must buy an expensive drug that is well beyond his means. At the same time, Andrei and his two best friends, Zura and Marat, also living alone in the country, try to achieve their dream to be heard and understood via their poesy music. Andrei decides to get the money for the medicine his father so desperately needs at all costs.
Roman Shumunov is an award winning Israeli director, screen writer and editor. He is graduated with honors Film&Television studies in Sapir Academic College, and has been titled more than once - as one of the most promising young directors in Israel. In 2016, his documentary debut film “Babylon Dreamers” opened the DocAviv International Film Festival and won first prize. In 2018, he made his narrative feature film “Here and Now”– Ophir Award (Israeli Oscar) winner . With his third film, which came out in 2020, Roman returned to documentary filmmaking, with his greatly valued film “Back to Chernobyl”. In 2021 was released international drama project – “Berenshtein”. based on a true story of Leonid Berenshtein, who located the secret facility of Hitler. At the moment Roman is working on a new drama mini series, in co-production with MGM and Israeli Channel 8 - «Munich 50 Years on», the untold story of the biggest terror attack of 20 century.
Zabaikalsky International Film Festival
International Jerusalem Film Festival Pitch Point
Ophir Awards, Israeli Oscar
Israeli Academy Awards
Official Competition at 35 Jerusalem International Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival, USA
Budapest International Film Festival
Kiev International Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival
DocAviv International Film Festival
Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival — Israel
Israeli Documentary Awards
More than 30 Film Festivals around the world
Viral competition, Israel
Cinema South Film Festival
Mexico International Film Festival, Mexico/USA
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
South Cinema Festival, Israel
For the Development of Social Problems, Israel
More than 20 Film Festivals around the world
Hip-hop drama set in an Israeli slum is an engaging debut from Roman Shumunov
«Babylon Dreamers’ will not leave a dry eye in the audience» by Israel Today.
A review of Babylon Dreamers, winner of the Budapest International Documentary Festival 2018 and interviews with actors and the director about hidden part of Israeli society and the hip hop scene in periphery.