UnLonely Film Festival 7


Maya Armon

Maya has assumed the role of a surrogate mother for her younger brother, with the responsibility of feeding, dressing, and accompanying him to school daily. Today marks the first time she recognizes that performing these duties has always been a matter of her own volition, unlike before when she believed it was a burden imposed on her.

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Born in London and raised in Tel Aviv, I served over a year in the IDF as an NCO of education and culture before volunteering for social service. During my service, I split my time between teaching in a primary school integrating children with special needs and developing the Film Club at the Reich Center for Elderly People. The Film Club offered a free-of-charge series of weekly lectures, including full-length film screenings followed by workshops. After completing my service, I moved to Prague, where I studied in the directing department at FAMU. In 2017, I relocated to London and obtained my BA in Film Studies at the MetFilm School (University of West London). For my graduation project, I wrote BECHORA, my third short film, which premiered at the BFI Film Festival and Palm Springs ShortFest. The script received a special mention from the UK Jewish Film Fund, and the film won the Best Short Film Award at the Solidarity Film Festival in Tel Aviv. Three years after living in Europe, I returned to Tel Aviv and joined the MFA Film and Television Studies program at Tel Aviv University.

“When I was a little girl, people often asked me, ‘Who do you love more: Mom or Dad?’ My answer was always – Guy. The second my brother entered my life, I knew it was true love, the closest and the most remarkable friendship. Every night I would sleep with him in the same bed and tell him stories until he fell asleep. Guy and I attended the same school. We were separated into three age groups, one floor, and a long corridor. One afternoon when only a few classrooms remained to study, I found Guy folded up on the steps, with all his belongings strewn along the floor. In the background, I heard a boy running. Guy was pretty apathetic to what happened, while I could not bear to think that someone was harassing my little brother. I ran after the boy until I grabbed him by his shirt, pinned him to the wall, and slapped him. As a result of the incident, the possibility that I would have to leave school arose. Sibling relationships fascinate me, and this has always been the case. My relationship with Guy was so special, not only because of the deep love we acquired for each other but because of the extraordinary person he is. Guy was (and remains) a unique child. Back then, I did not know it. I thought he was just my little brother and probably like any other. In retrospect, I can call this uniqueness by its name: Asperger’s.”

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  1. Melody h'Art-Shaughnessy

    Ah! Siblings . . . . a word that is often paired with “sibling rivalry” . . . . Now that my “siblings” are straddling that mysterious abyss between the “living” and the “diseased”. . . the old seeming “rivalries”
    seem trivially insignificient in that mysterious viewpoint of “hindsight” . . . with now paired with deep and profound “INsight” . . . that universally ubiquitous “instinctive” . . . Intuitive way of ‘SEEing into BEing.


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