four chapters documentary series (50 min. each)
The four chapters of this
series follow Yeroslav Mazariani (Yarik), 28, a released prisoner that joins a
rehabilitating hostel in Beer Sheba for a one-year therapy program. The hostel
is run by Shabbtai Artov and is a part of a profound rehabilitation program
initiated by the authority for the rehabilitation of prisoners in Israel.
Yarik is also a new immigrant that arrived from Ukraine six years
ago, already a delinquent and heavy drug user. He spent three years in jail
and now he tries to rehabilitate his life. In order to create a real upheaval
in the life of prisoners and to change their way of
thinking a deep rehabilitation program is needed, and this is a laborious job.
The film shows the optimistic shade of rehabilitation and follows a little
group of released prisoners, care takers and social workers that against all
odds take a tremendous challenge and succeed.
The goal of the series is to
open a door to the world of released prisoners. The image of convicts in the
public is that of violent and dangerous people. Undoubtedly there are violent
people amongst prisoners, but most of them are weak people that cannot succeed
in building proper life and were pushed by circumstances to crime and drugs.
Actually, in most of the cases they are hurting people that fear from the
society outside prison more than the society fears them. The social stigma
about prisoners makes their rehabilitation process harder, and many of them
return repeatedly to jail and become a burden on the society and the state.
The series "university
of the life" describes the reality and demonstrates in a vivid way how hard is
it to wean habitual life of crime and drugs. It is very important to show the
difficulties of the rehabilitation process and therefore the film will be able
to constitute a startling effect, and to be used as a tool for the prevention
of drug abuse
Israel Film Service
Mordi Korkous, Sitri Matclaf, Peleg Hagbi