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The Optimist and the Buddhist

A Documentary by Noam Pinchas
Written and Directed by Noam Pinchas
Produced by Ronen Ben-Tal

After a separation of more than a decade, Noam, the conscience-ridden director of the film, returns to the kibbutz where he grew up to save Zach, his childhood friend who has become a reclusive handicapped refusing rehabilitation.

Noam devises a consistent and exhausting training routine with the aim of helping Zach run again, or at least move more easily.


A touching and humorous friendship between two men who try to change their lives and fight their relentless emotionally charged past.


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