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Pole, Dancer and a Movie

A Film by Isri halpern
Best Film DocAviv Film festival 2013,

Pole dancing may have started in strip clubs, but over the past few years it has won international recognition as an art form, a sport and a means of empowering women.
In this dynamic documentary director Isri Halpern follows the founder of Israel’s first pole dancing studio Neta Lee Levy, as she competes for the European title champion – along with the realities of everyday life as a daughter of a traditional Moroccan home, business owner – and above all, a woman in the modern world. In his unique style Halpern reexamines the relationship between filmmaker and subject and in the process reveals an outspoken and frank woman who challenges the very world she lives in no less than she challenges the world she came from. An artist that demonstrates without apology or a sense of victimhood that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, a woman in a bikini and high heels may also be made of the same material champions are made of.

Festivals
Macedonia International Film Festival, 2014
Sole Luna International Documentary Film Festival, Palermo, Italy, 2014
Krakow International Film Festival, June 2014
Lusaka International Film Festival, Zambia, 2014
Documentary Edge Festival, New Zealand, 2014 – Official Competition
Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014
Days of Ethnographic Film Festival, Slovenia, 2014
Beeld Voor Beeld International Film Festival, The Netherlands, 2013
Leipzig Dok Film Festival, Special DocAviv Showcase, 2013
DocAviv – Official Competition, Israel, 2013
Educational
George Mason University
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard University
Duke University

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