The Camera Of Doctor Morris


An eccentric pilot in the British Armed Forces and his young wife flee a devastated post-WWII Europe and arrive in Eilat, the newly-founded Israel’s southernmost town. Situated at the intersection of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, Eilat was home primarily to soldiers, port workers, and released prisoners. Then the Morris Family came to town. In their own secluded paradise, they begin to build their unconventional lives. They set up a British bubble and raise their children in the heart of the desert, all the while keeping deadly crocodiles as family pets. When a mysterious accident leads to an orphaned young girl, the family confronts a loved but forgotten ghost. Decades later, a treasure of dozens of 8mm reels - all of film captured by Dr. Morris - are uncovered hidden away in the home the family once shared. Through the archives of fully lived and filmed lives, combined with recounting from Morris family members themselves, their unusual and absorbing story unfolds.


Other Digital Materials


Production Company: Rose Water Films - Itamar Alcalay, Meital Zvieli
Duration: 74 min.
Date of Release: 2022
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, English
Subtitles: English
Unavailable Territories: Germany, France

Festivals & Awards

  • DOCAVIV 2022
    The Israeli Competition

Involved Broadcasters

yes Docu – DBS Satellite Service, RBB, ARTE

Involved Institutions and Other Financiers

Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, The Israel Film Fund, The New Fund for Cinema and TV


Biography, Children & Youth, Creative Documentary, Drama Documentary, Family Story, History, Human Interest / Social Issues, Newest Arrivals, Personal Stories, Portrait