Campfire (film)

Campfire (Hebrew: מדורת השבט, romanized: Medurat Ha-Shevet, lit. Tribal Campfire) is an Israeli movie released in 2004, written and directed by Joseph Cedar. The film won five Israeli Academy Awards and was Israel's official submission for the 77th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category (but did not get a nomination). The film was well received in Israel, the United States, and in international film festivals.[2]

Campfire- Medurat Ha-Shevet (original)
Directed byJoseph Cedar
Produced byDavid Mandil
Eyal Shiray
Written byJoseph Cedar
StarringMichaela Eshet
Hani Furstenberg
Moshe Ivgy
Maya Maron
Music byOfer Shalhin
CinematographyOfer Inov
Edited byEinat Glaser-Zarhin
Distributed byFilm Movement
Release date
  • 9 September 2005 (2005-09-09)
Running time
96 minutes
Box office$34,835 (U.S. domestic)[1]

Set in 1981, the film focuses on a woman seeking to join an Israeli settlement on the West Bank, despite the protests of her teenage daughters.[3]


The story of a young widow (Michaela Eshet), mother of two beautiful teenage daughters, who wants to join the founding group of a new settlement of religious Jews in the West Bank, but first must convince the acceptance committee that she is worthy. Things get complicated when the younger daughter is sexually abused by boys from her youth movement.


  • Michaela Eshet as Rachel Gerlik
  • Hani Furstenberg as Tami Gerlik
  • Maya Maron as Esti Gerlik
  • Moshe Ivgy as Yossi
  • Assi Dayan as Motkeh
  • Oshri Cohen as Rafi
  • Yehoram Gaon as Moshe Weinstock
  • Yehuda Levi as Yoel
  • Avi Grainik as Oded
  • Idit Teperson as Shula (as Edith Teperson)
  • Itay Turgeman as Gozlan
  • Barak Lizork as Yaniv
  • Danny Zahavi as Ilan
  • Dina Senderson as Inbal
  • Ofer Seker as Yair


  1. "Campfire (2005)." Box Office Mojo. 1 June 2016.
  2. Tugend, Tom. "Religious Tensions Spark ‘Campfire.’" Jewish Journal. 4 November 2004. 31 May 2016.
  3. Stephen Holden (September 9, 2005). "A Time of Tangled Transition in Israel, and in a Family". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2017.

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