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Cinematography  David Gurfinkel
Country  Israel
7.2/10 IMDb

Director  Shmuel Hasfari
Genre  Drama
Language  Hebrew
ShChur movie poster
Writer  Hanna Azoulay Hasfari
Release date  1994 (1994)
Cast  Gila Almagor (Mother), Ronit Elkabetz (Pnina), Eti Adar, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari (Rachel), Albert Iluz (Moshe), Amos Lavi (Father)
Similar movies  Gila Almagor appears in ShChur and The House on Chelouche Street

ShChur is a 1994 Israeli drama film starring Gila Almagor and Ronit Elkabetz. It was written by Hannah Azulai Hasfari and directed by her partner Shmuel Hasfari. ShChur received critical acclaim and was the 1994 official Israeli submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also awarded the Ophir Award for best film by the Israeli Film and Television Academy. After its release, the film garnered various discussions in the Israeli press over its representation of the Moroccan community in Israel.


A Jewish Moroccan immigrant family living in Israel is nearly destroyed by conflicts resulting from generational differences in this arresting Israeli drama. It begins as Cheli, a successful but emotionally troubled talk show host who has been unable to deal with her traumatic childhood is traveling to attend her father's funeral. She is accompanied by her mentally ill sister Pnina and her adopted estranged daughter. It is a hellish trip and as they travel, flashbacks chronicle their painful youth. Rachel had always wanted to break away from her family's Moroccan heritage and so spent much time trying make herself fit in with her Israeli peers. She was humiliated by her poor, ignorant family. Her father was an overbearing, blindly religious fanatic and their mother was a witch who manipulated the family by casting spells. She feared her mother, and despised her insane sister, to whom she was very cruel.


After their father dies, Rachel and her sister make the journey for his funeral. Along the way Rachels mind is flooded with memories of the mysticism of her childhood in Israel, where magic rituals were the solution to everyday problems.


  • Gila Almagor as Mother
  • Ronit Elkabetz as Pnina
  • Hana Azoulay-Hasfari as Rachel
  • Orly Ben-Garti as Young Rachel
  • Yaacov Cohen as Shlomo
  • Albert Iluz as Moshe
  • Amos Lavi as Father
  • Similar Movies

    Gila Almagor appears in ShChur and The House on Chelouche Street. Ronit Elkabetz appears in ShChur and directed To Take a Wife. Gila Almagor appears in ShChur and The Human Resources Manager. The Dreamer (1970). Ronit Elkabetz appears in ShChur and directed Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.

    Awards and nominations

    Israeli Film Academy

  • Ophir Award for Best Best Film - ShChur (won)
  • Ophir Award for Best Director - Shmuel Hasfari (won)
  • Ophir Award for Screenplay - Hana Azoulay-Hasfari (won)
  • Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actor - Amos Lavi (won)
  • Ophir Award for Best Supporting Actress - Ronit Elkabetz (won)
  • Berlin International Film Festival

  • Special Mention - Shmuel Hasfari (for the special mix of magic and reality) (won)
  • Golden Bear - Shmuel Hasfari (nomination)
  • References

    ShChur Wikipedia
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