Fauda, the international sensation that dramatizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli intelligence efforts, broke a record by taking home 11 awards. The Yes satellite-network show, which was picked up by Netflix and has won international acclaim, nabbed Best Drama, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. Star and co-creator Lior Raz took home the prize for Best Actor in a Drama, though he was in New York and couldn’t accept the award in person.
Fauda also picked up the prizes for Casting, Cinematography, Editing and Special Effects.
Trailer for Fauda Season2 (Israel FilmCenter/YouTube)
On the comedy side, Shababnikim, the HOT telecom series about wayward haredi youth, was awarded four prizes: Best Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Actor for Uri Laizerovich.
Best Actress in a Drama was surprisingly split in two, going to both Bat-Chen Sabag for Dumb and Magi Azarzar for Virgins. Azarzar picked up another award for Best Actress in a Comedy for Viki and Me.
Public broadcaster Kan took home its first awards since it launched last year, including Best Game Show for The Chaser, and Best Documentary Series for Post-Army Trip.
Journalist Ilana Dayan took home a lifetime achievement award from the academy for her work on the Uvda investigative journalism program.
“The obligation to speak the truth in the face of authority has never been more important,” she said in her acceptance speech.
“Journalism is designed to serve those who are ruled, not those who rule.”