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Matan Yair
Israel, Poland 2017 / 93’
People That Are Not Me The Burglar

Asher is 17 years old and is trying to pass his high school exams. He lives with his father, Milo, who runs a small family business that assembles and dismantles scaffolding. His mother left them some time ago and moved to the north of Israel. Work, school, friends, soccer. If it were not for the local soccer team, Hapoel Petach Tikwa FC, Asher would feel like a nobody. The most important person in his life is his father, and he is the one who claims the right to decide his son's future. Things get complicated when Asher befriends his literature teacher, Ramim. The screenplayforScaffolding is based on the personal experiences of the director and screenwriter, who has taught young people from the less-privileged classes of Israeli society. Asher Lax, in the main role, is both Matan Yair's former student and his inspiration. The most striking thing about Scaffolding is the issue of social inequalities, which are still very visible, including the place of the Mizrahim (Arab Jews) in Israeli society.

Joanna Ostrowska

Matan Yair

Matan Yair is a filmmaker, writer, and screenwriter, as well as a high school literature and history teacher. He studied Screenwriting at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem before studying Direction at Tel Aviv University. His work is always autobiographical. His documentary It Is Written in Your I.D. That I Am Your Father was screened at the Haifa International Film Festival in the documentary competition. In 2009, he published his first novel, which takes the form of a teenager's diary. It won an award from the National Library of Israel. Scaffolding is his first feature film.


2008 Katuv Lecha Bateudat Zehut She'any Aba Shelcha / It is written in your I.D. that I am your Father (doc.)

2016 Unseen

2017 Droga Aszera / Scaffolding / Pigumim

Cast & Crew

director Matan Yair
screenplay Matan Yair
cinematography Bartosz Bieniek
editing Dov Steuer
music Yishai Adar
cast Asher Lax, Jacob Cohen, Ami Smolartchik, Keren Berger
producer Gal Greenspan, Roi Kurland, Stanisław Dziedzic, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery
production Green Production, Film Producja, United King Films
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language Hebrew
colouration colour