Jonathan a Different Child| 50mins
Director: Nitza Gonen | Producer: Nitza Gonen
Focus Years: 2002 | Country: Israel
Two parents cope with raising an autistic child. The film describes their struggle, their daily efforts, their doubts and also their great love for Jonathan â€“ a beautiful child who touches one's heart. Yossi Mar Haim and Michal Ne'eman, two acclaimed Israeli artists, whose work â€“ he is a musician, she is a painter â€“ was their whole life till the birth of their only son. Today, their son, Jonathan, arranges the order of their lives and they devote every single minute of each day to him. They are both in their fifties. They will not have another child. The investment in Jonathan appears to mainly be a Sisyphean act but despite this, they battle the problem with a huge investment in time and try every method of which they hear, but at the same time view the situation realistically. Yossi and Michal's fears and inevitable feelings of guilt are boldly portrayed.