Empty Room – The State Of Israel Vs. Irit And Asher

Haifa Film Festival

After their son is killed during his army service, Irit and Asher asked to extract his sperm and use it to have a child via surrogate. Empty Room raises ethical and scientific questions while taking the audience on a journey of hope and deep sorrow.

Death does not have to be the end. That is what Irit and Aser deeply believe in. Their son Omri was an officer in the Israeli navy who died young, before he had started a family. His parents want to use their son's semen to have a granson. Yet the law is not on their side. The documentary is a record of the parents' struggle with officials and courts, but it also depicts a regular Israeli family whose life is accompanied by the memory of the deceased.

Director: Shirly Berkovitz

Producer: Shirly Berkovitz



Duration: 69 min. ,52 min.
Date of Release: 10/2017
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: 4K
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • Haifa International Film Festival
    Israeli Documentaries Competition

  • Krakow Film Festival
    International Documentary Competition

Involved Broadcasters

yes Docu – DBS Satellite Service

World Sales



Human Interest / Social Issues