Chicken Soup With Knives

Documentary | 59 min. | Israel 2012 | Languages: Hebrew, English, Polish, Ukrainian Subtitles: English
Director: Leora Eisenstein

Chicken Soup With Knives is a personal documentary that chronicles filmmaker Leora Eisenstein’s journey (with her sister and other companions) to Lviv, her family’s hometown before World War II. There, she embarks on a search for her roots as well as a sense of justice.

The journey from Israel to Ukraine encompasses meetings with current residents of Lviv, family reunions, and personal reflections. All of these elements converge as the film maps the effects of the past—and all of its painful memories—on the present.

Festivals & Awards

Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival
Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival


Directed by Leora Eisenstein
Produced by Gidi Avivi
Script by Leora Eisenstein & Gidi Avivi

Editor: Ido Bahat
Cinematographer: Oded Kimhi
Sound Designer: Aviv Aldema
Sound Recording: Itai Elohev, Idan Shemesh, Amir Tam, Arie Ben Weiss
Original Music: Yehuda Poliker