Mother Tongue

Four women in their sixties tell of their charged relationships with their late mothers, the power relations in the family and the relations with their children.
Three of them are second-generation Holocaust survivors and one of Yemenite origin. However, their sincerity eliminates all differences and intertwines their stories into one.
The director's artistic processes in his studio, including the use of unusual colors and burning the paper of the drawings, are integrated into the film. They wound the paper, making the colors flow, as if responding to the stories.

Director: Shai Alexandroni

Producer: Shai Alexandroni


Production Company: Independent
Duration: 56 min.
Date of Release: 05.2018
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Festivals & Awards

  • Best Family Social Film Festival 2019

  • The WaLa International Film Festival Ladenburg 2019

  • SVOBODA 2019

  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2019

  • Bucharest Jewish Film Festival 2019

  • International Documentary Festival “Beyond Borders” 2020

  • Blacksphere festival 2021

  • Essex DocFest 2020

World Sales

Costanza Film Distribution


Jewish Topics, Personal Stories, Women Stories