Archive of films Room 514 / Cheder 514

2012, 91 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2012

Young military investigator Anna is assigned to the case of an officer accused of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian family. Instead of allowing such a "run-of-the-mill” case to be swept under the rug, she decides to find out the truth. But how will the biased Army establishment receive the results of the investigation when they generally doubletalk the line between good and evil? Director Sharon Bar-Ziv’s low-budget debut was inspired by actual events.


Soon Anna will finish up her military service and begin studying law. In the meantime, an officer has been accused of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian family while on duty in the Occupied Territories. The case, however, is supposed to become mired in the army’s daily routine and quickly evaporate. But the young military investigator, who has suffered discrimination while in the army because of her sex and Russian origins, decides to find out the truth and draw her own conclusions. In the end, Anna manages to induce young Sergeant Nimrod to testify, as well as his superior – experienced Company Commander Davidi. But how will the biased army establishment receive the results of the investigation when they long ago ceased differentiating between good and evil? Sharon Bar-Ziv’s directorial debut is a low-budget, psychological drama that banks on sober realism and a strong topic. Inspired by true events, the picture screened at the Rotterdam IFF and at the Tribeca Film Festival where it took a Special Jury Mention for Best New Narrative Director.

About the director

Sharon Bar-Ziv

Sharon Bar-Ziv graduated in film from Tel Aviv University. In the 1990s he began working as an actor in series and movies for television. He also tried his hand at screenwriting, working in 1997–98 on various episodes of the popular comedy series "Shemesh.” Room 514 is his feature directorial debut but his credits also include screenwriting and production.


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About the film

Color, HD CAM

Section: Another View
Director: Sharon Bar-Ziv
Screenplay: Sharon Bar-Ziv
Dir. of Photography: Edan Sasson
Music: Michael Goorevich
Editor: Shira Arad
Producer: Sharon Bar-Ziv, Michal Rubin, Bibi Arbel Rekhess
Production: Cinema Alpha Productions
Cast: Asia Naifeld, Udi Persi, Guy Kapulnik, Ohad Hall, Rafi Kalmar
Contact: Cinema Alpha Productions, Doc & Film International


Sharon Bar-Ziv

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