UnLonely Film Festival 5

Bear With Me

A short animated documentary on immigrants who left their home and crossed borders for love.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“At the beginning I wanted to create a film about love. I started to interview people in the Netherlands and after a while, I noticed that I am choosing to interview immigrants and more specifically couples of immigrants. How moving to a new country influences their relationship? What happens when one follows the other? In those days my boyfriend was preparing to move to the Netherlands to join me as I was studying there. The different situations from a very passionate romantic meeting every few months to living together in a foreign country are ambivalent: on the one hand the happiness of sharing our life together and on the other hand, dealing with the problems of immigration that get worse since one followed the other. Does immigration damage the relationship or rather opens up new possibilities as in the case of some of my interviewers? In the movie, there are interviews with the people who were the first to immigrate and with their loved ones that followed. Finally, despite the prices, the difficulties and challenges the movie is about love.”

Daphna Awadish is an Israeli filmmaker and illustrator living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She specialized in creating animated documentaries and works as an independent illustrator and animator.

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Join the Conversation

Many of us feel isolated from time to time. How do you relate to some of the personal stories featured within this film? Any recommendations for how one can support someone who has moved to a new place and is struggling to feel settled?

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2 Comments

  1. Dave Bouvier

    Ah…. the musical score is magical. Lost my son 3 yrs ago to depression/addiction. Played trombone….

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  2. Sheila Rice

    How ironic you ask this question. I have always wanted to immigrate to Israel, but recently I was reading comments from people who have done so and how hard it is to adjust. Feeling oneself a zionist is not enough to make you happy there if you are single, 66, and not rich. Passion for a Jewish state may not make me personally happy. There are other things that go into being happy. Another thing is I have never been able to speak hebrew with anything near fluency. I thought if I was married to someone who felt the same as I do, this may work. Being a zionist without walking the walk is not enough, but one also needs the love of another person to be happy as well in a new country, at least at my age. What to do? I hope to figure this out one day, but in the mean time I am lucky to have a parent still alive, so I must stay here ( in the USA).

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