Dir. Ruthy Pribar | 85 min
Narrative Israel 2020
Hebrew with English subtitles

Asia (Alena Yiv) and Vika (Shira Haas) are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Young mom Asia hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and she expects the same openness and honesty from teenage Vika.

But Vika is at an age where privacy and independence are paramount, and she inevitably begins to rebel against her mom’s parenting style. With two stubborn and opinionated women under one roof, Asia finds herself in new territory and stumbles to achieve a balance between asserting her parental authority and respecting her daughter’s point of view. When health issues lead Vika to be confined to a wheelchair and her need for romantic experiences and sexual exploration becomes more urgent, Asia realizes she must get out of the way so that her daughter can live her life.

In her debut feature film, Israeli filmmaker Ruthy Pribar focuses on a pair of Russian immigrants in Israel, candidly exploring the challenges of motherhood and the desires of the differently abled.

Film rental includes a recorded conversation with Director Ruthy Pribar, actress Alena Yiv, and cinematographer Daniella Nowitz which will automatically play after the film.


Ruthy Pribar graduated with honors from Sam Spiegel Film School in 2012. Her short films Last Calls and The Caregiver screened and awarded at numerous festivals worldwide. Asia, which was chosen for Cannes Festival Residency Program, is her first feature film.

Alena Yiv is an Israeli actress and director. In 2010 she starred in the Israeli TV series “Blue Natalie” (as Yulia) and was nominated for best actress in drama series by Israeli TV Academy for both seasons. After her career progressed with her starring in Dina Zvi-Riklis movie “The Fifth Heaven” that was released in October 2012, TV mini-series “Hazoref” (as Henya, dir. Dror Sabo, 2015), Marina in “Heroine” (2016) and more.

Daniella Nowitz is an award-winning cinematographer working internationally. She has shot narrative features and television in four continents and speaks five languages. Her first feature, LIVE CARGO (2017), was praised for its cinematography in Indiewire, the New York Times and the Village Voice. Variety named it “one of the most evocatively shot debut films in recent memory”. Her most recent film, ASIA, won the cinematography award at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the international narrative competition. An alum of the AFI Cinematography MFA program, Daniella’s work has screened at Sundance, Tribeca, AFI Fest and other major festivals.

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