Aliyá, Yeridá

Cannes Docs

Aliyá, Yeridá

Original title: Aliyá, Yeridá

Directed by: Rafael Guendelman

Produced by: Joaquín Echeverria (Brisa, Chile)

Country of production: Chile

Runtime: 70'

Expected release: February, 2025

Production stage: Post-production

Budget: €100 063 (79% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, Sales Agents / distributors


Aliyah in Hebrew means to go up and immigrate to Israel; Yeridah, the opposite, to descend and emigrate. From family archives the director tries to understand the motivations of his paternal family to emigrate to Israel in the 1970s, as well as the disappointments that brought them back to Chile, a decade later. That rise and fall is contrasted with his own experience in Chile, Israel and Palestine.

Director’s profile:

Rafael Guendelman Hales is a chilean artist graduated in Fine Arts from Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) and with a Master degree in Situated Practice at University College London (UCL). He has a diploma in Film Theory (PUC) and Contemporary Arab World at Universidad de Chile. He has participated in different exhibitions, such as: “Otrxs Fronterxs”, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (Chile); “Sin tierra”, in Chile at Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende and in Palestinian Territories, at Dar Al Kalima College and Khalil Sakakini CC; “Visiones Territoriales”, Centro Cultural La Moneda (Chile); “Bienal de la imagen y movimiento”, Buenos Aires; “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He is in postproduction of his first feature documentary “Aliyá, Yeridá”, winner of the Chilean Film Fund.

Producer’s profile:

Joaquín Echeverría was born in 1989 in Santiago de Chile. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering in Construction Management from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London. He is currently based in London, UK. He has produced five short films and five feature films. It has premiered at Sundance (“Much ado about nothing”), Cannes (“Los perros”), Toronto (“And the whole sky fits in the dead cow’s eye”), Venice (“The Blind Christ” and “Austral Fever”), FIDBA (“The Ram’s nap”), Valdivia (“Ivy”) and BAFICI (“A dark light”). He is currently in postproduction with the feature documentary “Aliyá, Yeridá” from director Rafael Guendelman and the feature “You, the artist” by Flavia Contreras. He is in distribution of the short film “We will burn” by Simón Vargas. He is developing animation, documentary and fiction projects.