Children by Remote Control


A personal voyage, attempting to decipher the mystery behind migrant Thai workers’ warm and loving bonds with their children, based almost solely on telephone calls and letters.

The filmmaker, living in a Kibbutz and father to seven children, tries to understand the Thai workers’ inner conflicts, as they are caught between pressing economic pressures and emotional ties to their families back home.

When he does not find the answer, he decides to join one of these couples on their return trip to Thailand.

A thought- provoking film which leads the viewer to think about the issues of class, gender, national boundaries and the globalization of labor.

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51 minutes


Betacam, Color


Nahum Landau

Nachum Landau, scriptwriter, director & producer of the film, is 39 years old and the father of eight children. He is a graduate from the Film & Television department at the Sapir Academic College where he received the Academic Sapir College scholarship for academic excellence. He was born & raised in Kibbutz Saad in the Negev. He worked as an educational counselor at the Kibbutz Yavneh boarding high school, after which he became manager of Kibbutz Saad's orchards division Landau, a major in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) reserves, is currently a teacher of Communications and Jewish studies.