Dolphin Boy  {16th Denver Jewish Film Festival}

Dolphin Boy
16th Denver Jewish Film Festival

Israel, 2011, 72 Minute Running Time
Language: Hebrew, Arabic English Sub-Titles

1pm Sun Feb 26
Morad, a high school student from an Arab village in northern Israel is kidnapped and brutally beaten by classmates when an innocent text message to a female classmate is misinterpreted. Weeks later Morad appears physically healed yet remains completely disconnected from humans and unable to communicate, suffering from extreme post traumatic stress disorder. His devoted father quits his job and accompanies him to a treatment facility in Eilat where Morad begins to interact with dolphins and, eventually, with the humans around him. This remarkable film follows him through four years of recovery interweaving documentation from Morad’s doctor, tapes from the dolphin facility and footage shot by the filmmakers who are granted exceptional access by Morad and his family throughout his difficult journey. Colorado Premiere
—Roberta Bloom

Post Film Discussion with filmmakers:
Dani Menkin and Judith Manassen Ramon

Selected Festivals and Awards:
Israeli Ophir for Best Documentary; Jury Mention Award, Jerusalem Film Festival; Hotdocs Documentary Film Festival
Film Sponsor:
Rose Youth Foundation & Joanne Singer
In-Kind Sponsor:
Jewish Community Relations Council

DIRECTOR: Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir

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