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Israeli Filmmaker Found Dead after Hamas Attack

Date: 2023-10-13

Israeli Filmmaker Found Dead after Hamas Attack

His body was located in the evening of October 10th in south of Israel kibbutz of Kfar Iza, days after being abducted by Hamas terrorists. By: Dylan Low

Yahav Winner was missing on October 7th, following the invasion of their home by Hamas terrorists. Winner was purposefully shielding the window of their apartment, making time for his wife and fellow filmmaker Shaylee Atary and their newborn one-month old daughter to escape from the aggressors. 

Yahav’s remains were found in Kfar Aza by the Israeli army, where several families who lived in kibbutz including children were also murdered. 

He recently won an award for his short film The Boy achieving the Best Cinematography prize at this year’s Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.

Israeli sales and distribution company Go2Films released in a statement, affirming Winner’s death, “It is with immense sorrow that we share the devastating news that our beloved filmmaker, Yahav Winner, was found dead in Kfar Aza yesterday evening, after three days in which he was considered missing. The loss of Yahav has left an indelible void in our hearts, and we extend our deepest condolences to Shaylee Atary, his family, friends, and all who were touched by his artistry and spirit. Atary’s family and friends are currently gathering donations for her and Shaya, the daughter, who were left with nothing after the attack.

“In the wake of this tragedy, we find solace in the thought of celebrating Yahav’s life and work. Yahav’s short film, The Boy, unfolds a narrative that sheds light on life in Kfar Aza, the kibbutz of his upbringing, and numerous other Israeli villages along the border with Gaza. These communities have borne the heavy weight of losses during the ongoing attacks. The film won the Best Cinematography Award at the Tel Aviv International Students Film Festival and will be screened as part of the international competition at Filmschoolfest Munich. To honour his memory and bravery, we are committed to screening The Boy in as many places abroad as possible.”

Go2Films have plans to create a new edition of this award-winning film, that will comprise of Yahav’s introduction of his backstory. 

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