War through a lens

‘Fauda’ creators, other filmmakers working on October 7 films

Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz to script ‘October 7th’ on the rescue of Haaretz journalist by his dad, Noam Tibon, among other stories from the day of the Hamas onslaught

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Israeli troops inspect the ravaged site of the attack on the Supernova desert music festival by Palestinian terrorists near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert, October 10, 2023. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)
Israeli troops inspect the ravaged site of the attack on the Supernova desert music festival by Palestinian terrorists near Kibbutz Reim in the Negev desert, October 10, 2023. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Several films about the Hamas attack on October 7 are in the works, including one by “Fauda” creators Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz.

The pair will script “October 7th,” a feature film about retired general and grandfather Noam Tibon, who saved his son, Haaretz writer Amir Tibon, Tibon’s wife and their two young daughters, from their Kibbutz Nahal Oz home on that terrifying day.

“When faced with the horrors of that fateful day, Noam Tibon immediately charged into danger to protect his family,” said Raz and Issacharoff, whose Faraway Road Productions is part of Candle Media. “His gripping story – which transcends any religion, country, or conflict – beautifully reflects the sacrifices we are willing to make for those we love. We are proud to help amplify Noam’s bravery and to provide some hope and inspiration during these difficult times.”

The film is produced by Leviathan Productions, which acquires and develops films and television content based on Jewish history, folklore and literature, as well as stories about Israel.

Meanwhile, German studio Icon Docs, the documentary unit of Bavaria Fiction, is working on “Black Saturday — The Survivors of October 7,” with footage from and interviews with 10 partygoers who survived the Supernova desert rave by hiding under dead bodies.

The filmmakers hope to have the film ready for broadcast ahead of the first anniversary of October 7.

Jewish Story Partners, supported by Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation that helps fund indie films about the Jewish story, has granted financing for two films about the October 7 Hamas attack.

One film, “A Letter to David,” from director Tom Shoval, is a cinematic missive to his friend David Cunio, who was taken hostage from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7.

The two became friends through Shoval’s 2013 film “Youth,” where the director uses behind-the-scenes footage to create a poetic essay about an unfathomable situation as it continues.

Jewish Story Partners is also funding “Missing Silver,” directed and produced by Hilla Medalia, about renowned peace activist Vivian Silver, who was killed on October 7 by Hamas terrorists, in her home in Kibbutz Be’eri.

In the film, Silver’s son and her Jewish and Palestinian friends are interviewed on their struggle in the wake of October 7 and the ongoing war, to hold onto Silver’s ideas and hopes for peace.

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