dir. Zohar Wagner, Israel, 2022, 78min
This brilliant hybrid documentary, fiction-docu film tells the story of the deadly 1975 Hotel Savoy terror attack in Tel Aviv from the perspective of a forgotten heroine.
Filmmaker Zohar Wagner tells the story of Kochava Levy, a young woman of Yemeni descent, who served as mediator between PLO terrorists and the IDF while being held hostage in Tel Aviv – during the deadly 1975 Hotel Savoy terror attack. Over the course of the night she transformed herself into a fearless heroine. The film intertwines rare archival materials that were never released as well as re-enacted scenes from the fateful night. Following the bloody end of the siege, Levy’s heroism was largely overshadowed when the tabloids discovered she checked into the hotel with her married lover and was subsequently mislabeled a prostitute. Another mesmerizing performance by Dana Ivgy, known to the Festival audiences for her role in “Cinema Sabaya”