SUPER WOMEN / СУПЕР ЖЕНЩИНЫ (SUPER ZHENSHCHINY)

country, year! Super Women_four  

Israel, 2013

genre

documentary

running time

80′

directed by

Yael Kipper & Ronen Zaretzky

language

Russian, Hebrew

subtitles

English

 

synopsis

Underpaid, overworked, disrespected: Supermarket cashiers in Tel Aviv. Fighting exploitation, a mean boss, and the misfortunes of life with woman power and apron dresses.

The story of five cashiers who work the same shift in a supermarket in Tel Aviv. Most are immigrants from Russia, others are native Israelis. The film follows their relationships, their mutual support and solidarity, how they deal with the management and customers, their difficulties making a living and their working conditions, as they try to change their fate.
Super Women is a beautiful example of cinéma verité and a special peek into a hidden world.

movie reviews
”By precise observation and structuring, Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretzky manage to achieve a social study of great clarity and emotion. Moments of intimacy and closeness… Great Cinema…” Grit Lemke / Dok Leipzig.
”So hopeless are the circumstances, so strong and impressive are the people portrayed. Most of them Russian emigrants, they all have a colorful life storyand they want to repairthe circumstances of life. As the film grows and grows, the frustration, the sadness turns into anger. One would only wish the women have the strength to fight.”

Miranda Schiller / Mephisto976.Uni-Leipzig.de

”A beautifully photographed portrait; we are given an up-close and personal look at a group of women, most of them Russian immigrants, who represent a class of society which is underpaid, overworked and barely appreciated. ”

Amy Kronish / IsraelFilm.blogspot

 

! Super Women_Yael Kipper! Super Women_Ronen Zaretzkyabout the authors

Yael Kipper (1969, Isreal) is a director and producer. Over the last fifteen years she has directed and produced many documentary films that have been shown at festivals worldwide and won several international awards.
Filmography – Documentary Films (partial list): Displaced (2008); Shining stars (2008); If a man could fly (2007); The Last Fighters (2006); Permission to remember (2003); Swawin (2001).

Ronen Zaretzky is a Director and Producer, Chief Editor of “UVDA” (Fact) Israel’s leading investigative program weekly, a documentary and investigative TV program, Keshet-TV/Channel 2, Israel; Former Head of the news editorial staff of “Haaretz” daily newspaper. He graduated at Camera Obscura Art School, Film and Television Department, Tel Aviv, 1994. Filmography (Documentary Films, partial list): A Talent for The Land (2014, Director and Producer), Super Women (2013, Director and Producer); Displaced (2008, Director and Producer); The Last Fighters (2006, Director); The Gang that Never Was (1999, Director).

festivals, awards

Best Cinematography Award & Special Jury Mention – Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel 2013; Best Documentary Jury Award – International Women’s Film Festival Rehovot, Israel 2013; Honorary Mention – Dok Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany 2013; Closing Film – Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Ad Hoc: Inconvenient films”, Vilnius, Lithuania 2013; Art Doc Fest International Documentary Film Festival, Moscow, Russia 2013; DIFF Delhi International Film Festival, India 2013