Currently in post-production, Half Freedom is a documentary following lives of African asylum seekers in Israel and their relationships with their Israeli and Palestinian neighbors, the film explores questions of migration, nationalism, and human rights in a country shaped by political conflict.
Shot mostly between 2015 and 2018, Half Freedom documents the community organizing and protest movements of Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel. The story follows two refugee activists, Bluts a Christian political dissident from Eritrea and Hasan a Muslim genocide survivor from Darfur, as they fight to maintain their lives and relationships in Israel while facing mass incarceration, threats of deportation, and incitement from right wing politicians.
Filmed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Israel’s Holot Detention Center, Half Freedom centers around two major issues during this period; mass incarceration under the Anti-Infiltration Act (which criminalizes refugees for crossing the Sinai border) and the 2018 deportation plan by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu under this same law.
In Winter 2020 Rebecca workshopped the project in Sundance Co//ab's online course Documentary Filmmaking: Crafting Your Story in Post and is further developing it as a Filmmaker in Residence at the Jewish Film Institute in San Francisco.