Mohamed and Anna – In Plain Sight

The movie “Mohamed and Anna in plain sight” is a TV educational movie that brings the exciting story of Dr. Mohamed Helmy, an Egyptian doctor who lived in Germany. He was recognized in Israel as the first and only Arab ‘Righteous among the Nations’.

Ronen Steinke, a journalist, reveals to the audience a remarkable story: Helmy arrived from Egypt to Berlin in 1920 to study medicine. He was a humanist, a proud man who did not hesitate to freely say what he thinks about the Nazi regime.

He lived in central Berlin and practiced medicine. During this time he saved by employing extraordinary tricks and deceptions a Jewish girl named Anna Boros, hence taking a great risk for his own life.

The movie was shot in the authentic locations in Berlin during winter time of 2017 when the frozen streets are mostly empty and echo the complex history of this city. The movie incorporates rare photographs and archive film clips shot in Berlin during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Winner of the Gershon Klein Award for director Taliya Finkel, JBBF 2018


The film is supported by IBA/ Kan (Israeli Broadcasting Authority)

From the press:

Sheldon Kirshner review

Times of Israel

Jerusalem Post

The film is being distributed in 10.000 public high schools in Germany and integrated in the curriculum against racism.


Technical details:

58 Minutes

English, Hebrew, German

Subtitles: Hebrew//English // German

Country of production: Israel and Germany

Time of completion: 2017 April

Screening formats:  PRO-REZ, DCP


2nd version

45 Min

Subtitles: Hebrew//English // German

Also available: German- dubbed




Director: Taliya Finkel

Producer: Taliya Finkel,

Co-producer: Petra Adick

Associate producer: Peter Fuchs

Editor: Omer Shadar

Animation and design: Yaron Shin (Jewboy)

Composer: Rafi z. Toren

DOP: Ron Katzenelson

Sound recording: Luis Araya

Sound design and mix: Avi Mizrahi

Grading: Omri Peled