Paddling For Life

Women, Health, Israel, Jewish Highlights, Jewish Film, Sports & Competition
Judy Herbstein
18 minutes


Release year: 2022
Countries of Origin: Israel
Languages: Hebrew
Genre: Short, Documentary


World Premiere
World Film Carnival Singapore 2023
Int'l Sports Film Festival 2022

Best Documentary
Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival

Official Selection
Madrid Indie Film Festival


“Paddling for Life” is a short documentary about the Pink Lionesses, Israel. They are a unique women sports group whose common goal is to recover and recuperate from breast cancer. They paddle in Dragon Boats, on the Sea of Galilee and the Yarkon River, Israel. The choice of action, caring, and camaraderie despite the difficulties and fear of recurrence and death are their moto. These 200 women, aged 29-79, from all walks of life, background, and religions are led by Orit Ziv (62), the group founder, and Liora Morad, one of the captains. This is their way to live a full life and enjoy every moment of it. Their choice is to win on all fronts.


Judy Herbstein is a documentary film director, photographer, researcher and producer with a MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California and another master's degree in cinema from the Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She has lived and made news stories and documentary films in the United States, South Africa and Israel. She won an Emmy Award for producing a series of video pieces for "The News Hour", PBS filmed in Hebron (1996). In recent years she has been living in the North of Israel. She teaches filmmaking alongside continuing her work as a creative artist.

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