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Nitzan Rozen

Project Name:

Striker No. 7


Shira Hochman



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An unstoppable football player joins the best club in Israel. He brings triumph and chaos to the club that is riven by the hatred between the two sides of the city. In his battle to win his place, he is forced to question who he really is.


An outstanding football player is signed by the best football club in the Israeli premiere league. But his unusual identity causes the Ultras of the club to violently resist him. They even threaten his life, but he doesn't give up. He is determined to play for his city, and is sure that the triumph he brings will win their hearts. He is looking for a home, where he can be himself. In his attempt to belong, he is forced to confront who he really is.

Director's Note

I always wanted to be a football player. Football has it all: camaraderie, a wish to excel, a blind belief in one's tribe. When belonging to a club, you always have a home. A home is what my hero is seeking. This feeling of foreignness has always been part of my self-image. I wish to tell the story of a person who longs to change the rules of the game, but stay on the field.



Producer profile

Shira Hochman is a film editor, producer, and consultant. In 2018 she started MINA Films, a creative platform focusing on development and post-production. Her films as producer and editor exhibited in festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, San Sebastian, SXSW and more. Shira edited and produced the Oscar-nominated short film White Eye (2019) by Tomer Shushan. In 2020 she received the Editing Award at the Jerusalem FF for High Maintenance by Barak Heymann. She was nominated for the Editing Award in the Israeli Academy awards for Next to Her by Asaf Korman (Cannes 2014). Among others, she produced and edited: It's Time You Died Already by Hadar Morag (Krakow 2022, Best Short Haifa IFF 2021), Horst by Miki Polonski (DocAviv 2020 Honorary mention), associate producer and editor of Mison a Martre by Amat Vallmajor del Pozo (FICXix?n IFF 2022, Berlin Critics' Week 2023, IndieLisboa 2023).

Production company profile

Company name, city MINA Films, Israel, Tel Aviv contact email contact telephone number +972523577042 +34722413144

Production Budget

The production budget in USD 800,000 USD confirmed budget in USD and source 30,000 USD Development grant from the Rabinovitch film fund, Private investment




Hebrew, Arabic

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