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Students from all corners of the world and all walks of life meet in a Hebrew language Ulpan, where their personal stories merge with the complexities of life in Israel. The immense effort of learning a new language is revealed through their encounter with a strange culture and an unfamiliar environment. Israeli society appears at times funny, at times sad and at times inexplicable. Beyond the surface differences, the shared experiences of human longing and love triumph.
Engrossing documentary "A Hebrew Lesson" brings a fresh take on how non-natives cope with life in a new culture.
Variety Review, 2007
This movie oozes love and compassion. Every second of its 123 minutes is a celebration of pure humanity… the characters in the movie - the teacher, students, workers, and policemen – share a type of all-embracing human brotherhood. They are all entitled to compassion, and they all emanate compassion... It is not an artistic, sophisticated, prettified representation - but an analysis of humanity itself. Is there anything better to say about a documentary film?
Y-Net Review, 2006
David Ofek's "A Hebrew Lesson," a delightful if thought-provoking look at the problems of several immigrant students in an oulpan, or intensive Hebrew class, traditionally a means of adapting newcomers to the values of the Jewish state.
IndieWIRE Review, 2006
Festival & Awards
The Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2006
Best Documentary Director Award, The Wolgin Award
The International Film Festival Rotterdam - 2007
Official Selection - 30th Göteborg International Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – 22nd Israel film festival - 2007
Official Selection - 7th Israeli film festival in Paris - 2007
In Competition – The Bermuda International Film Festival - 2007
In Competition - Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - 2007
In Competition – The Chicago International Documentary Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – The Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – The Stockholm Jewish Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – 4th International Film Festival ‘Jewish Motifs’ in Warsaw - 2007
Official Selection – 56th Melbourne International Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – 15th Filmfest Hamburg - 2007
Best Documentary Series Award - The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers´ Forum Competition - 2007
In Competition- The Pärnu International Film Festival - 2007