Not Your Life

Documentary | 67 min. | Israel 2013 | Languages: Hebrew, English Subtitles: English
Director: Tal Shefi

Born to a Nepalese father and an Israeli mother, Kaya is a foreigner wherever she goes. In Tel Aviv, she is taken for Asian, while in Goa she is perceived as a white person. A few years ago, as a home-schooled child, Kaya looked for ways to connect with her new surroundings and took up boxing at a small club. There, she met Soniya, a Hindu girl who became her close friend and rival in the ring. Now, Kaya and her mother return to India to part from Goa for good. Their journey raises questions of identity, motherhood and responsibility.

Festivals & Awards

Haifa International Film Festival
International Women Film Festival Israel


Directed by Tal Shefi
Produced by Gidi Avivi
Script by Tal Shefi and Oron Adar

Editor: Oron Adar
Cinematographer: Daniel Kedem, Dyma Lydkhov, Tal Shefi
Sound Designer: Daniel Meir, Alex Claude
Original Music: DJ-E


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