Documenting life in Israel

Hoping to shatter media misconceptions about Israelis, a student group has launched a new documentary-reality online project that shows what life is really like for 20-somethings in Israel today. It’s called Is.Real, and it was initiated by students from the …

Hoping to shatter media misconceptions about Israelis, a student group has launched a new documentary-reality online project that shows what life is really like for 20-somethings in Israel today.

It’s called Is.Real, and it was initiated by students from the Tel Aviv University (TAU) branch of the StandWithUs Fellowship in cooperation with the TAU Student Union.

The project follows the lives of four students trying to make it in music, sport, fashion and tourism fields.

“I felt compelled to expose myself for the series in order to show the world that at the end of the day, we’re all similar. As a young Arab living in Israel, it was important for me to shatter the many myths surrounding our situation,” said Ayman, a 20-year-old Arab-Israeli who dreams of making it in the world of fashion.

The TAU students, who see themselves as ambassadors of Israel, believe that this project has the potential to make a widespread impact on the global public opinion of Israel.

“We wanted to incorporate art, new media, and our desire to show other people our age, in all corners of the world, the reality of daily life for us young people in Israel,” explains Tel Aviv University StandWithUs fellow Or Shahar.

In addition to Ayman, the series will also follow Savannah, a 27-year-old singer-songwriter who immigrated from Australia; Yair, a 26-year-old tour guide and Capoeira instructor from Beit Horon; and Shay, a 26-year-old professional basketball player who plays for the Israeli National Team.

“The Is.Real Project grabbed my attention immediately – it enables me, in my own unique way, to share this magical country with you, to invite you into the life I lead which is so exciting and meaningful,” says Savannah.

About Viva Sarah Press

Viva Sarah Press is an associate editor and writer at ISRAEL21c. She has extensive experience in reporting/editing in the print, online and broadcast fields. Her work has been published by international media outlets including Israel Television, CNN, Reuters, The Jerusalem Post and Time Out.