Israeli cinema just got a major boost. One of the country’s most versatile artists has just been appointed to head the film acting track at Sapir’s School of Audio and Visual Arts.

Esti Zakheim’s thirty year acting career spans theatre, television and cinema. Among other things, she won the Ofir Award for Supporting Actress (“Lilsada”) and the Ophir Award (Israel’s Oscar) for Best Leading Actress (“Afula Express”). Zakheim chaired the Israeli Actors Guild for five years and has starred in almost 30 films.  Recent acting roles include The Silent, Shemi Zarhin’s new political thriller; Revolutionaries, where she plays Sigmund Freud’s wife; and a theatrical adaption of Uri Orlev’s childrens’ book Sabta Soreget.

Prof. Sami Shalom Chetrit, Dean of the School of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir, hailed the appointment as a milestone for the college.  “Zakheim brings to our program breadth of experience, professional skill and an engaging personality – all vital assets as we proceed to cultivate Israel’s next generation of film artists.”

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