The Hidden Fountain
Country of production: Israel
Year of production: 2019
Length: 97 minutes
Language: Hebrew (English subtitles)
Director, writer and producer: Raquel Chalfi
Cinematographers: Jorge Gurvich, Avital Merkler, Daniel Tadmon Chalfi,
Editor: Raquel Chalfi
She was an orphaned child toiling to support her family. Only after many harsh years she became the sculptor and poet Miriam Chalfi. One of a few women-sculptors, alone in a "male-art", she smashed conventions and gender-borders. Her poetry, too, defies familiar genres.
She was adamant in her refusal to let me, her daughter, make this film.
It took me years to crack this taboo.
I made this film over many years of immense hardships – mirroring Miriam's way. Her arduous path demanded endless patience. So did this film.
I had to work with next to no financial support, in underground conditions.
The film respects Time. Endeavoring to crack the enigma of Miriam's life & art, the film moves forward, backward, in spirals – like memory. Like the winding path of The Hidden Fountain.