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The Way Up
The Salt Institute
Portland, ME
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The Way Up
Director: Shirly Berkovitz
Country: Israel | 2009 | Documentary
Duration: 52 min.
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

THE WAY UP is the incredible true story of a young lesbian on the fringes of Israeli society. During Ceausescu's regime in Romania, abortions were illegal and orphanages were overflowing with unwanted children. Young Lian grew up in such a place until the age of four, when an Israeli couple adopted her. At 14 she ran away from her adopted home and found herself living in the streets. Completely alone, she teaches herself to cope with her harsh new reality. The film depicts a street girl's fight for survival against all odds, guided by the dream of her true family. Director Shirly Berkovitz follows Lian for three years and in the process, reveals the cruel world of Tel Aviv street kids.

Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival, Honorable Mention, 2009
Bucharest International Film Festival, Women in Cinema Best Film, 2009

After-film panelists:
Yoav Kosh Award-winning Israeli cinematographer, is the director of Maya (p. 53)
Alexandra Daley-Clark is Director of Photography for and America 24/7.

FREE TO YOUTH 18 AND UNDER. Seating is limited, ALL SEATS REQUIRE A PRE-RESERVED TICKET. There will be NO tickets available at the door. A ticket is required for entry.

**This film contains mature content and themes.



The Salt Institute
561 Congress St.
Portland, ME
United States

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