Sound of Torture

direction: Keren Shayo

59 minutes

Sunday, 12.4.



Meron Estefanos, Swedish-Eritrean radio host, produces and broadcasts her weekly program from her home in Stockholm and she is entirely devoted to the hundreds of Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Egyptian Sinai Desert. The Bedouins kidnap the Eritreans making their way to Israel and demand large ransoms from their families. We follow Meron in her attempts to turn the tide by calling both the hostages and kidnappers during her radio show.

The film focuses on the stories of two hostages, Hiriyti and Timnit. Hiriyiti was pregnant when she got kidnapped. We hear the young woman talking with her husband Amaniel in Tel Aviv, who is doing everything he can to free his wife and their baby from the torture camp. The ransom for 20-year-old Timnit has been paid, but her brother has not heard from her since her flight to the Egyptian-Israeli border. The battle for Hiriyti’s release and the search for Timnit takes Meron to Sinai. There, she stumbles on the traces of so many atrocities.

Winner of Prix Europa, TV IRIS, 2014; Best Short Documentary Film, The Israeli Academy Awards 2014