In July we announced that Carolyn will be attending and covering the Toronto International Film Festival on behalf of SHWHPod, as part of our coverage for TIFF we will be posting interviews with various individuals involved with the film industry and festival. For our first “Carolyn Talks…” TIFF18 episode, Carolyn interviews Director and Co-Writer of WORKING WOMAN, Michal Aviad.
Hardworking, talented and ambitious, Orna faces increasing sexual harassment at work, which soon
affects her entire life.
This year’s Toronto Internationa Film Festival has many films by women from all over the world, and WORKING WOMAN by Michal Aviad is one of those films. As a submission in the Contemporary World Cinema programme. In WORKING WOMAN life at work becomes unbearable for Orna. Her boss appreciates and promotes her while making inappropriate advances. Her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, and Orna becomes
the main breadwinner for their three children. When her world is finally shattered, she must pull herself
together to fight, in her own way, for her job and a sense of self-worth.
An acclaimed and award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker, Michal Aviad was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She studied literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and began making films in San Francisco in the 1980’s. Since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce films. Aviad is a senior faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Tisch School of Cinema. Her critically acclaimed films include Acting Our Age (87), Jenny and Jenny (97), Invisible (11), and Dimona Twist (16).
After many award-winning documentary films, Michal Aviad’s first fiction INVISIBLE (90-min) won the
Ecumenical Prize at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama section), Best Israeli Film
and Best Actress at the 2011 Haifa Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the 2012 Creteil Women Film
Festival in France. INVISIBLE was released theatrically in Israel and France and was the MOMA
choice for a limited release in NYC. WORKING WOMAN her second fiction film.
Working Woman will have its international premiere at TIFF on September 11, 2018. It stars Liron Ben Shlush, Menashe Noy and Ohsri Cohen. The film was written by Sharon Azulay Eyal, Michal Vinik, Michal Aviad, and produced by Lama Films.
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Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.