Self Made

Year of Production:
Country of Origin:
Hebrew / Arabic
Running Time:
91 mins.
Shira Geffen
Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya
David Mandil, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery

Editor:Nili Feller

SELF MADE tells the story of two women -one Israeli, the other Palestinian- who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.

Michal is a renowned Jerusalem artist. One morning, her bed breaks, she falls off and consequently loses her memory. She orders a new bed and discovers that a screw is missing. She complains to the furniture factory, leading to the dismissal of Nadine, a young Palestinian woman, who works packing screws in plastic bags.

This event is a point of no return for both women until their fates cross again at a border checkpoint. A soldier’s mistake sends Michal to Nadine’s refugee camp and Nadine to Michal’s home in Jerusalem. The swap leads them to discover their hidden desires, inaccessible in their previous lives.

'Self Made brings Brazil’s Bureaucratic Paranoia to the West Bank (…). A Kafka-esque, surrealist take on Israel and Palestine'

'Dripping with black humor (…) Self Made provides an entertaining and pensive thought about the straitjackets imposed on women or maybe just about everyone else too'

'Shira Geffen’s clever identity-swap comedy subverts cliches and upends expectations (…) and manages to surprise at every turn (…). Adler, who also starred in “Jellyfish”, and newcomer Saraya are both bewitchingly watchable actresses, blessed with striking features, mysterious souls and the capacity to surprise at any moment'

Self Made, 10,000 KM among AFI FEST winners

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s jury and audience awards for features and short films included in the New Auteur and Shorts programmes.

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AFI Fest unleashes three strands of electic programming for its 2014 edition.

AFI Fest 2014 has announced three key lineups: New Auteurs, American Independents and Shorts. The programs feature a rich selection of films fresh off festival...

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5/16/2014 by Clarence Tsui

The Bottom Line
A charming and cerebral film about the tribulations of women's lives in Israel.

Camera d'Or winner Shira Geffen returns to the Croisette with a film about an...

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Jordan Hoffman - May 17, 2014

At Cannes’ Critics’ Week, Jordan Hoffman was captivated by the Kafka-esque, surrealist take on Israel and Palestine, Shira Geffen’s Self-Made.

Gregor Samsa awoke from a troubling...

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Variety speaks to director Shira Geffen, whose first film, 'Jellyfish,' won the Camera d'Or in Cannes

LONDON — Variety has gained exclusive access to the trailer for “Self Made,” which premieres in Critics’ Week in Cannes. WestEnd Films is...

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8 February, 2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Camera d’Or winner’s second film produced by Movie Plus, United King.

UK outfit WestEnd Films has boarded sales on Camera d’Or winner Shira Geffen’s (Jellyfish) sophomore...

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Release information

French Distributor

Paname Distribution
Release Date:
29th April 2015


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