Yael and Melissa, an Israeli and an American, met while working as strippers in Japan. Tottering on high heels and sporting bunny ears, Yael filmed their coke-fuelled backstage antics. Then one day, during the filming, Melissa revealed the story of her abusive father, the story of her 3 abounded kids, and mostly, her feelings of being lost in the world…

COMPLETED 

Filmmakers: Limor Pinhasov and Yael Shachar
Year: 2010
Runtime: 52 mins
Country: Israel


International Association of Women in Radio and Television Award for Excellence for Television Documentary



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STORY 

Yael and Melissa, an Israeli and an American, met while working as strippers in Japan. Tottering on high heels and sporting bunny ears, Yael filmed their coke-fuelled backstage antics. Then one day, during the filming, Melissa revealed the story of her abusive father, the story of her 3 abounded kids, and mostly, her feelings of being lost in the world… Once Yael returned to Israel, she married, and became a respected photographer. Melissa disappeared. 7 years later, Yael decides to travel to the USA and find the beautiful, enigmatic Melissa. The heart of this film is the powerful reunion of two courageous, sincere women, whose lives have taken dramatically divergent paths.


CREDITS

Director: Limor Pinhasov

Producer: Yaron Kaftori

Screenplay: Limor Pinhasov, Yael Shachar, Yaron Kaftori

Cinematography: Yael Shachar, Emma nuelle Mayer                                                            

Still photography: Yael Shachar

Picture Editing: Limor Pinhasov

Music: Ophir Leibovitch