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Residents of Israel Elwyn’s Community Residential Services Feature in Israeli Film

February 2015

Promotional poster for the film

Over the past two years, two residents from Israel Elwyn Community Residential Services in Herzliya have participated in the filming of a new Israeli movie, “Next to Her” (At Li Lyla).  Yechiel Cohen and Sivan Salami were chosen to play important roles alongside the highly regarded actors who portray the film’s three key characters.

“Next to Her” deals with the complex relationship between two twenty-something sisters, one of whom has an intellectual disability and was played by a leading Israeli actress.  The role of her boyfriend was played by Yechiel Cohen, one of IE’s residents, while the second, Sivan Salami, played her close friend. 

Sivan said she was satisfied with her audition.  “My theater experience stood me in good stead.  We acted out a scene and then were asked to join the film’s cast.  I was honored to be in it, even though the story is sad – actually very close to the life stories of a lot of people.  The most exciting part of the entire experience was attending the film’s December premiere at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.”

“Next to Her” was a candidate for the Israeli Oscar (Ophir Prize) and screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight section.  It is scheduled for showing at other international film festivals and can currently be seen in Israeli movie houses.

Sivan is currently writing a play about her life and would definitely like to act in a movie again, “depending on the role.”

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