A Fish Tale (Emmanuelle Mayer) Israel

A Fish Tale
Emmanuelle Mayer
Israel. 2019. 52 min

Johnny believes in the future of Africa. He lives in Israel, but dreams of returning home with modern fish farming techniques. His wife, Thérèse, sees little hope back home. She is determined to create the best possible future for their children, whatever the price may be. When their visas expire, tensions between the two arise, leading to an inevitable clash. Emmanuelle Mayer’s directorial debut is a moving documentary portrait, pieced out of ten years of intimate footage.


Emmanuelle Mayer was born in 1980 in Paris, France. After finishing her BFA in Photography at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, she continued her studies of MFA in Cinema and Television at the Tel Aviv University. Since 2009, she has filmed as a DP of more than 15 feature-length documentaries as well as a documentary television series in eight different countries. The films she shot, have been broadcast in: POV|PBS, Yes Docu, Israeli Channel 8, 2, 1. They have been screened in film festivals: Hot Docs, AFI Docs, IDFA, Docaviv and Jerusalem Film Festival. Her first feature-length documentary she directed, A Fish Tale, won the audience award and the “Other Israel Award for Best Israeli Film Highlighting Minority Populations” at Jerusalem Film Festival (2019).