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עלים פסטיבל ירושלים
Special Mention Award

2011 Jerusalem International Film Festival

עלים פסטיבל וודסטוק
Honorary Mention

2011 Woodstock Film Festival

מונדיאל הצילום התת ימי עלים
First Place

2011 Underwater Photography Mondial

פסטיבל מילניום
Audience Award

2013 Millenium Film Festival

עלים פסטיבל פאלם ספרינגס
Official Selection

2011 Palm Springs International 

Film Festival

עלים פסטיבל הוט דוקס
Official Selection

2011 Hotdocs International Film Festival

האקדמיה הישראלית לקולנוע וטלוויזיה מועמד סופי לוגו
Final Nominee

2011 Israeli Academy Awards

Dolphin Boy

Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin | 2012 | 82 minutes | Translation: Hebrew, English, Arabic


Morad - a teenager from an Arab village in the north of Israel disconnects himself from humans following a violent attack. As a last resort before hospitalization in a mental institution, he is taken by his devoted father to be treated with Dolphins in Eilat. Morad starts speaking again after months of silence, but he erases his past and refuses to go home to his awaiting mother.


Filmed over the course of four years, this powerful documentary is about the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the soul, and about the healing powers of nature and love.

"Subtle and brilliant"

- The Guardian


"Gentle yet bracing"

- Variety


"Fascinating documentary"

- Yahoo

"Effortlessly engaging story"

- New York Times

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