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I Am Not

Directed by Tomer Heymann
Documentary Feature
Israel, Guatemala | 96 min | 2022

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Tomer Heymann’s latest film is a deeply emotional work that follows an outcast teenager’s life-changing journey. Oren was adopted from Guatemala by an Israeli family when he was a baby. Long unable to find his place in society, the teenager has been subject to ridicule because of his communication difficulties, while at the same time dealing with recurring false diagnoses of mental illness. Oren decides to take up a small video camera and document his own life. He embarks on a quest back to the country of his birth to seek out his biological family in the hopes of better defining his own identity.

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Tomer Heymann

Tomer Heymann is an Israeli award-winning documentary filmmaker whose career has spanned over two decades and includes some of the most successful films in the history of Israeli documentary cinema. His critically-acclaimed films have screened in festivals worldwide and have received prizes from the Berlinale, The Israeli Academy of Film and Television, Hot Docs, SXSW, and IDFA. Two of his films, “Mr. Gaga” (2015) and “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” (2016) have streamed on NETFLIX. “Mr. Gaga” was also shortlisted for the European Academy Awards, theatrically released in 17 countries, and is considered the most viewed Israeli documentary in the country’s history. Heymann has been previously voted as one of “The Top Ten Most Influential People in Israeli Art” and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Monterey International Film Festival in Mexico. Several retrospectives have been dedicated to Heymann’s films in New York, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Istanbul. His most recent films include “Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life” which won the 2019 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary and aired on the highly regarded BBC documentary series Storyville, and “I Am Not’ (2021), which had its world-premiere at Docaviv and received both Best Director and Best Cinematography Awards. . The film “I Am Not” has also won the Best of Fest Award at the Defy Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Film Information

Director: Tomer Heymann
Country: Israel, Guatemala
Year: 2022
Language: English, Hebrew, Spanish
Runtime: 96 min
Rated:  PG-13


Producer: Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann
Cinematography: Itai Raziel, Oren Levy, Ehud Levy, Uri Levi, Addie Reiss, Daniel Kedem, Sergio Alvaro
Editor: Yaniv Segalovich, Alex Khosid, Elad Davidovitch Schicowich

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