Micha Shagrir, pillar of the Israeli film industry, dies

Micha Shagrir, an influential movie producer and director, died Wednesday in Jerusalem at the age of 77, after a long illness.

Shagrir’s producing credits include the classic 1986 film by Rafi Bukai Avanti Popolo, about two Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai after the cease-fire in the Six Day War; A Matter of Size, the 2009 comedy about overweight Israelis who find their calling as Sumo wrestlers; and the 2003 drama about an Iraqi-Israeli family, The Barbecue People. He was equally if not even more influential in documentary films, and produced a number of critically acclaimed documentaries, among them the 2014 ApponiA, about an Israeli-Soviet double agent. He also produced a number of television shows, among them Bat Yam-New York and Take Away.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Micha-Shagrir-pillar-of-the-Israeli-film-industry-dies-390007

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