About the Lahav Association

The Lahav non-profit organization was established in 1998.  Since then, it has operated social cinematic projects for disadvantaged populations in which thousands of people throughout the country have taken part.  At the heart of each project, throbs a creative and therapeutic process which enables the participants to express themselves by creating quality film which is then exposed to hundreds of thousands of viewers on television and in the cinema.

Lahav has a skilled, professional team which has accumulated much experience through the numerous projects they have carried out, including teaching a unique work system that culminates in the production of a film and is an intense, meaningful experience for each and every participant.  These projects have found many enthusiastic supporters, including key personalties in the Ministry of Education, television and cinema professionals, managers of non-profit organizations, managers of youth centers and, of course, the thousands of children and young people who participate in the organization’s activities.

 

The work method

Lahav has developed a unique, very intense method that combines drama and psychodrama with novel cinematic creativity.  The method is based on a creativity process whereby the participants undergo an emotional experience,  an understanding and change of their self-perception and a reinforcement of their social and group skills, all of which gives them an opportunity to make true personal transformation in a relatively short time.

The work process is run by a drama tutor and a film director. Using a combination of drama and cinematic exercises, they create an environment which enables the participants to tell their story in an open, intimate and supportive milieu.  The personal accounts develop into a group story that constitutes the base for the writing and production of a short feature film.

The peak of the project is at the time of the filming where the participants assume an important role, both in production and in acting, under the guidelines of the professional filming crew.  The filming days are very intensive.  There are many hours of hard work that is very challenging and requires a great degree of attentiveness and concentration, as well as persistence, responsibility, devotion and group work. After the film is edited, the group attends the premiere together in an intimate atmosphere, and the films are then screened to hunderds of thousands of children, young people, teachers, counselors, etc. at gala events, at film festivals and on the various television channels.

The films

Each Lahav project  consists of the production and filming of unique, original,  moving, dramatic films of high broadcasting quality.  The films, that are the result of an emotional work experience, reflect the participants’ personal stories and their background (home, neighborhood, town, local culture) from a frank, authentic angle.  This combination allows for a rare, unique and unusual insight into the substance and different layers of Israeli society, which are usually not shown in film and on television. This is where the great power of films to create empathy in audiences,  raise awareness and motivate into action is proven.  The films deal in a wide range of subjects, such as parent-child relationships, social acceptance, violence, drug and alcohol addiction, immigration and absorption, dealing with illness, dealing with intercultural and sectoral conflict, etc.

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Circles of influence

The Lahav projects have an influence on several levels:

  1. On the personal level the work process is a meaningful, unforgettable experience for all the participants.  It has an influence in a variety of ways: it contributes to strengthening self-confidence and the feeling of capability, to the ability of sticking to tasks, provides group and collaborative experience, helps to identify with and understand the “other”, ameliorates concentration and responsibility, creates a sense of personal achievement, etc.
  2. On the community and group level the days of filming, where the participants have important and significant roles, draw in and provide interest for the entire community, thereby generating change in the group’s perception of  problematic or negative impressions they might have made, and causing it to recognize its positive sides and its strengths and abilities. Moreover, presenting a local story and exposing the community, its inhabitants and its culture in a film for the general public is a source of pride and identificationand creates unity and an opportunity for social change.
  3. On the national level the association’s films expose social and cultural matters that are usually not shown on television or in cinemas in Israel, and they therefore raise awareness about important subjects and enrich public discourse in Israeli society. The exposure of personal stories, combined with a true representation of local communities and their substance, creates moving, powerful, fascinating and educational films. Lahav’s films are shown on television, distributed to educators, youth centres and professionals together with work kits, used by university lecturers and exposed to hundreds of thousands of viewers every year.