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The Adoption Diaries

  • Documentary

  • Country of production: Israel

  • Year of production: 2016

  • Length: 60 minutes

  • Language: Hebrew (English subtitles)


Director: Shiri Shahar

Production: Osnat  Trabelsi

Cinematography: Shay Peleg, Shalom Rufeisen

Editor: Gabi Shihor

Original Score: Assa Raviv


With rare candor, adoptive parents speak about the process from the beginning and as they advance, in an intimate, honest and thought-provoking manner. Three stories of journeys with moments of optimism and  falls, fear and elation. The film consists of video clips taken by parents during the process. The footage reveals rare and intimate moments, including a peek into the children’s homes in Russia, their first meeting with the child, arrival to Israel, the meeting with the extended family, and life itself. 

The parents share their brave introspective thoughts with the camera with the perspective of years as a family with the child that joined.


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