Asia | Stories She Tells


Asia’s role as a mother has always been an ongoing struggle rather than an obvious instinct. Becoming a mother at a very early age has shaped Asia’s relationship with her teenage daughter Vika (Shira Haas, Unorthodox). Despite living together, Asia and Vika barely interact with one another. Asia concentrates on her job as a nurse while Vika hangs out at the skatepark with her friends. Their routine is shaken when Vika’s health deteriorates rapidly and Asia must step in and become the mother Vika so desperately needs. Shira Haas delivers an unforgettable performance in this powerful mother/daughter drama that reveals the true love hidden within it’s complicated family dynamic.

Israel’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry for 2020

The film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and renowned historian Annette Insdorf. This conversation, which was produced at New York’s 92nd Street Y, is a co- presentation with the Jewish Film Institute, presenters of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. JFI is screening ASIA as a part of their annual WinterFest February 25-28.

This film is geoblocked to the San Francisco Bay Area

Born in Israel in 1982, Ruthy Pribar graduated with honors from The Sam Spiegel Film School in 2012. During her studies she received a scholarship from “The America- Israel Cultural foundation” for promising director. Her short films LAST CALLS and THE CAREGIVER have both been screened at many international film festivals, garnering numerous awards. Alongside her work as a film director, Ruthy works as an editor on both fiction and documentary films. Ruthy has participated with her work at Rotterdam’s CineMart, and is an alumna of the Cannes Festival Residency Program. Her work focuses on delicate moments of human emotions and interactions. ASIA is her debut feature film.

NOTE: This film is available throughout WinterFest. The suggested viewing time is Saturday, February 27th 7:00pm

Stories She Tells programs are generously supported by Propel.

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