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The Pageant

Documentary, 83 min, 2020


Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In the midst of this flashy spectacle sponsored by an Evangelical Christian organization, the personal traumas of the survivors remain as deep as ever. A documentary about how memory, politics and spectacle are interconnected.


WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel 2020 - International Feature Film Competition 
BALKAN PREMIERE: 26th Sarajevo Film Festival - Documentary Competition 





"... the film accuses without a word, in a very efficient and intelligent way, the radical strangeness, not to say the sweet obscenity, of its subject."

Le Monde's review (in French)


"...offers a complex and nuanced look at the annual Miss Holocaust Survivor event."

Cineuropa  (twitter)


" eye for detail, especially uncomfortable ones..."

Cineuropa's review


"...Ipeker deliberately creates associations that make you shiver..." review (in German)


Listed as one of the Best Films of 2020

by Michael Sicinski






Le Monde (Jacques Mandelbaum) - in French 

Cineuropa (Marta Bałaga)

Visions du Réel (Giona Nazzaro)

Il Manifesto (Giovanna Branca) - in Italian





Directed and Edited by Eytan Ipeker

Produced by Yoel Meranda(Kamara - Turkey), Carine Chichkowsky (Survivance- France), Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck (Spiro Films- Israel), Kristina Konrad (Welt Film- Germany)


Supported by CNC, Procirep,  Tënk & Mediapart (France), New Film Fund (Turkey) 

Pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket 2018

Istanbul Meetings on the Bridge 2019 (Color Up Award)




2010 - present
2010 - present

© Eytan Ipeker 2020