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The arc of Morad's life has to be seen to be appreciated. -Nora Lee-Mandel,


Dolphin Boy

Israel 2011 / 72min. / Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles.
Directors Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir. Producers Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir, Judith Manassen Ramon.

Morad is an Arab-Israeli teenager from the north of Israel. After a
violent attack, Morad is emotionally and spiritually scarred and
disconnects himself from people.

Faced with the prospect of institutional care, Morad’s father
as a last resort decides to take Morad for a revolutionary form
of treatment. The devoted father takes him to a dolphin facility at the seaside town of Eilat.

As the dolphins start to interact with Morad, he starts speaking again after months of silence. However, the recovery is marred by one sideeffect: he has erased his past and refuses to go home to his awaiting mother.

Filmed over the course of 4 years, this film deals with the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the human soul, and about the healing powers of nature and of love.


Dolphin Boy / הדולפין Trailer

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Festivals and Awards

  • Jury Mention Award, Jerusalem FF 2011
  • HotDocs 2011

Film Reviews

  • Dolphin Boy (Jordana Divon,)

    13-May-2011 "The film’s message is the redemptive power of love — both human and animal — and its ability to transform"
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Documentary Edge Festival 2012

World Cinema (3/8)

Screening in Wellington

Sun 20 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
5pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas CourtenayBook 
Thu 24 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
1pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas CourtenayBook 
Sun 27 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
6:45pm Angelika at Reading Cinemas CourtenayBook 

Other Cities

Programme p.18

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