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No. 17

David Ofek 2004

In 2002, a bus traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberius blew up in a suicide bombing. 17 people were killed, of which 16 were identified. No. 17 was not. He was buried a few weeks later in an anonymous grave. The police stopped trying to identify him, believing he must have been a lone foreign worker. This is where the filmmaker steps in, documenting, over a period of six months, his real time search for the identity of a man whom no one claimed as missing.


  • The New York Times
The weary acceptance of violence in an atmosphere of perpetual siege is the 
subject of the Israeli journalist David Ofek's small, chilly documentary 
No. 17.
  • Reel Film

Festival Participation

  • International Documentary Festival, Moldova - 2005
  • Warsaw Film Festival - 2005
    Special Jury Award, Audience Award
  • Amsterdam International Documentary Festival (IDFA) - 2004
  • Anonimul Film Festival, Romania - 2004
    Best Director
  • Silverdocs - 2004
  • Syracuse International Film Festival - 2004
    Best Documentary
  • AFO Film Festival - 2004
    Best Documentary Award

  • 2003 Israeli Academy Award for best documentary
  • Chicago International Documentary Film Festival - 2004
    International Press Award
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2004
  • Fribourg Film Festival - 2004
  • HotDocs - 2004
    Special Jury Award
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - 2004
  • Cinema du Reel - 2004
  • DocAviv - 2003
    Best Feature Documentary

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