Michal Bat-Adam

Michal Bat-Adam, the first Israeli woman director of feature films, has been hailed for her sensitive and nuanced portrayals of mental illness and women’s inner lives. Bat-Adam was sent away to school with her sister for much of her childhood as their mother struggled with mental illness. She began studying viola at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music before shifting to acting, playing leading roles at the Habimah National Theater and Cameri Theater. Her screen debut, I Love You Rosa, was nominated for an Oscar and entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. She collaborated with the film’s director, Moshe Mizrahi, on numerous other films, including his Oscar-winning Madame Rosa in 1977, and the pair married in 1980. In 1979 she wrote and directed her first film, Moments, going on to write, direct, and star in numerous other movies, including 1992’s The Deserter’s Wife and 1994’s Aya: An Imagined Autobiography. She played a role in the Israeli drama In Treatment in 2008 and in 2010 directed her most recent film, Maya.

Topics: Film, Theater

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Winner of several Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress awards from the Israel Institute of Cinema, the multi-talented Michal Bat Adam was the first Israeli woman to direct a feature film.

Institution: Michal Bat Adam.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Michal Bat-Adam." (Viewed on March 1, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/bat-adam-michal>.


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