Roni hates her life due to her Tourette syndrome. The kids in her class are disgusted by her tics and are used to make fun of her. When Roni fights back and strangle one of them, she’s being suspended from school. Alone at home, she wants to put an end to her unbearable tics and puts her head between the porch bars, making her problem worse as she gets stuck. Her despair in these moments of horror leads her to start accepting what she has constantly denied.
Noa Aharoni Maor
(Israel) graduated in TV and Cinema from Sapir College in 1994. She is the recipient of the Aliza Shagrir Prize for her student film Seret Bruto. In the first stages of her career Noa worked as director's assistant in feature films and TV drama series. In 2000 Noa began her journey as a director on TV productions. She has directed many documentary's journal articles, films and series. On 2011 she directed her first feature film By Summer's End. In the same year, she won the Distribution Award at the Haifa International Film Festival. Awarded Honourable mention Rehovot Women Film Festival. This film has been selected for many festivals around the world. In 2017 her documentary movie Shadow was selected for the prestigious Doc Aviv and Idfa, the most important documentary film festival, and wan the best movie award of the Israeli documentary guild.
Noa Aharoni Maor (By Summer’s End, doc, 2011), Shadow (2017), Shut Up (cm, 2020).
“My daughter Ofir who plays Roni in the film, started having tics, symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, at the end of her second grade. She tried her best to hide it from her friends and wasted a lot of energy to do so. I chose to tell a very personal story for two reasons. […] I wanted to give Ofir an enriching experience in the way of acting in a film as therapy and teach her that […] our handicaps can become benefits on the way to our self-fulfillment. The second reason is the opportunity to talk about a phenomenon which is common among children, an age group in which this syndrome erupts for the first time, while children's society is a cruel one which does not accept the differences and abnormalities within it so easily.”