Four and a half years ago I relocated from Israel to Los Angeles. My films have been screened widely at international film festivals and have won numerous prestigious awards.
My short film 'Sinner' premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival and received the award for Best European Short Film, and was nominated at the European Film Academy Awards. Since then, 'Sinner' has been screened at over 50 international film festivals. I have also impacted Israeli society with my film 'Let There Be Light’. This is an autobiographical documentary about me leaving the ultra-Orthodox world, to live a modern and secular life. My films have been highlighted by various university professors in the Israeli educational community, as an essential component of their ongoing course curriculum.
I have also worked in collaboration with some of the most reputable directors and producers in Israel. These include two-time Oscar nominee, producer David Mandil, two time Oscar nominee director Joseph Cider, and Udi Aloni, director and one of the jury members at the Berlin Film Festival.
Name: Meni Philip
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Editor and Colorist
A Rabbi, a Priest and an Ex-Gumba
Film (Comedy) Editor The movie is a black comedy about an evil banker who gambles away all the money in his bank. He hires a "way out" rabbi to put together a crew and rob his bank. The rabbi enlists a priest and an ex mob boss for the job. In the process, mayhem and madness is the prevailing theme. Written by Daniel Bollag
The Music Lovers
Film (Short, Comedy, Music and Musical) Editor He only wanted some inspiring music. Apparently it's not so simple these days for a man on the go.
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Film (Short and Mystery) Editor Timeless tranquility flows through the ruins of the Zenobia shipwreck, that lays on the depths of the Cypriot sea... Only one voice breaks the silence.
Film (Short and Drama) Editor Yotam, a thirteen year-old boy studying at an ultra-orthodox Jewish boarding school tries to battle the awakening of his sexual desires. Confused and guilt-ridden, he consults with his rabbi who abuses his position and Yotam's innocence. With no one to trust and nowhere to go, Yotam finds himself trapped by the enforced silence in his community. Written by Meni Philip
Kashmir: Journey to Freedom
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Film (Documentary) Editorial department The IDF is in pursuit of a wanted man and the entire West Bank city of Tul-Karem is under closure, a daily routine. And then, as if the rules of the closure do not apply, an old Subaru car pulls over, two women run, grab little Nuran by her hands and mouth, slam her against the backseat and vanish. Nuran was eight years-old when she was kidnapped from her doorstep inside the Palestinian Authority and into the State of Israel. In the years since her kidnapping her parents have been staging a desperate, life-threatening, Kafkaesque search; forced to deal with the hurdles thrown at them by the IDF and the Israeli Police. Director Amikam Shosberger accompanies the family during a four year period since the disappearance of their daughter. His camera documents the surreal, impossible reality in the twilight zone between two nations, military road blocks, underworld activities, and Palestinian collaborators. It is a chilling, fascinating documentary, exploring the unknown phenomenon of ... Written by Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.
Let There Be Light
Film (Documentary, Biography, Drama and Family) Editor At thirty-two, Meni Phillip lost his religious faith. He left his career as a successful Jewish Hasidic singer, and got divorced. His outraged family disowned him. Alone, Meni set out on a painful struggle to regain his legal paternity rights to his five children. Soon thereafter, four of his ten siblings followed in his path and abandoned their orthodox religious lifestyles. The Phillip family became torn in half... Each of the siblings struggled with the painful process of detachment from religion and family. When the youngest sister suffered a breakdown and was hospitalized, Meni assumed his inevitable role as head of the secular family, while he desperately attempted to keep the family together. Written by Meni Philip and Noam Reuveni
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Film (Action, Drama and War) Editorial department BEAUFORT tells the story of LIRAZ LIBERTI, the 22 year-old outpost commander, and his troops in the months before Israel pulled out of Lebanon. This is not a story of war, but of retreat. This is a story with no enemy, only an amorphous entity that drops bombs from the skies while terrified young soldiers must find a way to carry out their mission until their very last minutes on that mountaintop. As LIRAZ lays the explosives which would destroy that very same structure that his friends had died defending, he witnesses the collapse of all he's been taught as an officer, and his soldier's mental and physical disintegration. Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama) Editorial department On April 9, 1948, a Jewish militia entered the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin and killed over 100 villagers. Soon after, a mental hospital was built on the ruins. The first patients to be committed were Holocaust survivors. A legend says that to this day, the survivors have been communicating with the ghosts of the village. FORGIVENESS tells the story of David Adler, a 20-year old American-Israeli who decides to move back to Israel, only to find himself committed to a mental institution that sits on the ruins of a Palestinian village called Deir Yassin. Flashbacks and flashforwards reveal the events that led up to his hospitalization. A 10-year old female ghost holds the secret to the riddle. But only when the secret is revealed can she find rest and give David the option to end a perpetually-repeated destiny... Doctor Itzhik Shemesh, a psychiatrist at the mental institute, injects David with a chemo-technological drug in an attempt to build a bridge over the trauma zone and allow... Written by Anonymous
Venice Film Festival, Italy - Best European Short Film